Following the declaration and an that included Howell and the rest of the county, the number of towns required to boil their water was reduced as of Saturday morning.
In a press release from the county only the 22 towns that were directly impacted by the water pipes breaking are still required to boil their water.
While the township is no longer under the boil water advisory the outdoor water ban is still in place and other water conservation steps are still encouraged to be followed. The ban includes no watering of lawns, filling of swimming pools or washing cars. Residents are also encouraged to not use washing machines and dishwashers and limiting shower times.
Freeholder Director said the situation is better than it was on Friday but still not fully resolved. "We are all in this together and it is critically important that each of us does our part to conserve water.
County officials are taking the outdoor restrictions seriously and they will be enforced. The Monmouth County Sheriff's Office is working with local law enforcement agencies to ensure that the outdoor water ban is strictly enforced," Sheriff Shaun Golden said. "These restrictions are not just for New Jersey American Water customers, but for everyone in Monmouth County. Cooperation is necessary to ensure public safety."
The boil-water advisory still applies to the following towns:
Middletown, Holmdel, Aberdeen, Highlands, Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Oceanport, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, Shrewsbury, Long Branch, Eatontown, West Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbor and Neptune. Monmouth Beach, Lake Como and Shrewsbury and Ocean townships were added this morning.
New Jersey American Water also provided additional suggestions for residents to follow as part of and following the boil-water advisory.
Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water during the day of the advisory;
• Water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute then cooled prior to using;
• Keep water that has been boiled in the refrigerator for drinking;
• Rinse hand-washed dishes for a minute in diluted bleach (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 swallow water while you are showering or bathing;
• Provide pets with boiled water after cooling;
• Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms, and
• Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.