The New Street Reservoir in Paterson has been providing water to hundreds of thousands of homes across Passaic County for years. But residents of Paterson, Passaic and parts of Clifton and Woodland Park have been under a boil-water advisory since Sept. 2. Passaic Valley Water Commission officials say the advisory was necessary after Tropical Storm Ida flooded the area, potentially contaminating the water.
Some experts say the water problems could have been prevented, given that in 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency issued an order requiring open-air reservoirs with treated water to be covered. Three such reservoirs within the PVWC system are still open.
PVWC officials don’t have an end date for the boil-water advisory. Residents can pick up bottled water at several locations, a list of which can be found here.