CLIFTON - A large water main pipe that broke yesterday in Clifton worsened overnight, causing seven additional breaks around the city.

Four of the seven broken water mains have been repaired, said Joe Bella, director of the Passaic Valley Water Commission. Two ruptures at First Street and Clifton Avenue and another at Viola and Paulison avenues are still an issue.

Officials say customers in Passaic Park, North Arlington and residents east of Broad Street in Clifton should continue to boil water for five minutes as a precaution before use. The Passaic Valley Water Commission said it was hoping to lift the restrictions by 5 p.m., but was unable to. Restrictions will likely be lifted tomorrow.

The 51-inch transmission pipe ruptured yesterday afternoon, gushing millions of gallons of water into a parking lot on Broad Street. It left thousands of customers in Clifton and surrounding areas without water or with low water pressure for about four hours.

Affected customers can expect pressure to be restored within 24-36 hours, according to Bella. But some parts may take up to 72 hours to return to normal.

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