North Fullerton Avenue and Fessler Place residents are being told to boil their water due to a water main break that occurred on Monday, Sept 3.

The water main break occurred in the area of 193 to 254 North Fullerton Ave. and all of Fessler Place. Customers are either without water or experiencing a significant loss of pressure, according to the Montclair Water Bureau.

A potential threat to the quality of water being provided to these customers currently exists.

Affected residents were hand-delivered notices. If a household did not receive a notice, the advisory does not apply.

As a precaution, officials implemented a boil-water advisory for area customers until testing of the water supply is deemed satisfactory (at the earliest Wednesday, Sept. 5).

Once samples are deemed compliant, a notice will be delivered rescinding the boil water advisory.

For affected customers:

Bring water to a boil and continue to boil water for one minute. Allow the tap water to cool before using for:

  • drinking
  • preparing foods, washing vegetables and fruit,
  • cooking,
  • making ice cubes,
  • taking medications,
  • brushing teeth, and
  • mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks.

Please continue to boil water or use bottled water until you are notified that the water quality is satisfactory.

The following measures are also recommended:

  • Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water on Sept. 3;
  • Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking;
  • Do not swallow water while showering or bathing;
  • Rinse hand-washed dishes with a diluted bleach solution ( one tablespoon of household bleach per gallon of tap water) or clean your dishes in a dishwasher using the hot wash cycle and dry cycle;
  • Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from micro-organisms;
  • Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries; and
  • Provide pets with drinking water that has been boiled (and cooled).