This advertisement appeared in the Times (of Trenton), page A5, Saturday, October 16, 2010.
According to the ad, during routine cleaning of a settlement basin, sediment was stirred up and entered the water system and overburdened the filters of the system. This caused turbid water in excess of the 1 NTU standard to enter the distribution system of water that Aqua New Jersey purchases from NJAW or it's Lawrenceville customers. The incident occurred on Thursday, September 23, 2010.
The ad goes on as follows:
What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. I it had been you would have been notified within 24 hours. Turbidity is not harmful in itself. High turbidity increases the chance that water might contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions.
So what we want to know is this:
If the incident above is being treated as a non-emergency and notification wasn't required within 24 hours and boiling water wasn't required, what really happened at the Trenton Water Works (TWW) between October 2 and October 8 that made the City of Trenton and the DEP issue "boil water advisories" repeatedly from the 4th through the 7th?
Doesn't it seem likely that the situation with the TWW was somewhat more serious than the NJAW event of September 24? But the city has repeatedly told us there was no risk and that there was no evidence of contamination. At the same time, we were continually advised to boil water and, if our water temperature was lower than 113 degrees Fahrenheit to drain, flush and refill our hot water tanks. And why haven't the results of the water tests conducted between October 3 and October 7 been made public?
We don't consider ourselves prone to conspiracy theories but there certainly seems to be more to the story than the Mack administration AND New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection have so far let on.
Our water is running clear now, how about our government officials come clean.