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Boil Water Advisory Lifted In Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- A boil water advisory has been lifted in downtown Jersey City.

The order was issued Wednesday in the Bergen Lafayette section after a water main broke.

"We understand that a boil water advisory disrupts daily routines," Chris Riat, senior director of New Jersey contract operations for United Water, said in a statement. "We apologize for the inconvenience while we were working to confirm the quality of the water."

Lab tests showed the drinking water quality meets regulatory requirements, said Daniel Becht, executive director of the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority.

Officials still recommend:
-- Running faucets three to five minutes to flush the service connection and interior plumbing,
-- Emptying and cleaning automatic ice makers and water chillers
-- Draining and refilling water heaters if the temperatures is set below 113 degrees
-- Running water softener/cartridge filters through a regeneration cycle or other procedures recommended by the product manufacturer.

Following the ruptures, water could be seen pouring out of storm drains at Coles and Sixth streets. Students in nearly a dozen schools were sent homeearly due to a lack of water.

United Water said crews pinpointed the problem to a 12-inch water main break at the intersection of Grove and Grand streets in front of the Boys and Girls Club building.

Approximately 15,000 to 20,000 people were affected by the problem.

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