South River residents given restrictions amid water emergency

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South River residents are being told to conserve water while town officials work to correct the issue that is causing the water to appear brown and cloudy.

News 12 New Jersey previously reported about the brown water in the town. Officials said that it was due to sediment.

The new rules include restrictions on what town residents can wash their cars, water their lawns or fill their pools. The water is safe to drink, but officials want to have it fixed soon.

"Water restrictions were put in place in case we have to shut the water treatment plant,” says South River administrator Arthur Londensky. “Right now we buy a certain amount of water from East Brunswick. We are only allowed by DEP to take so much water out of our wells."

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The brown water has many town residents concerned. Alan Reilly manages a 27-unit apartment complex in South River.

“[My tenants’] fears are they're going to get sick from the water. They don't want to drink the water. We buy five cases of spring water every single week,” Reilly says.

Londensky says that fixing the issue may take some time.

"Financing is the least of our problems. Getting this done is the major problem, so we are getting everybody in place,” he says. “We believe that the end of next week we will see significant improvements."

The water restrictions include:

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays -- residents with odd-numbered street addresses can water lawns, wash cars and fill pools between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays -- residents with even number addresses will have the same restrictions.

Using water for any of those reason will not be allowed at all other times. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until the issue is resolved.

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