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UPDATE: Power at Water Facilities Up, Customers Still Urged to Conserve

Generators for the pumping stations are down and the utility is borrowing water from Mahwah, forcing it to ask residents to be judicious.

Update at 10:22 a.m. Wednesday:

Ridgewood Water received some restoration of power and now is up on generators, Mayor Paul Aronsohn said Wednesday morning. Residents are still urged to continue conserving water as best they can for the health of the system.

Ridgewood Water is facing a power problem and is asking residents to conserve water to avoid large systemtic woes, utility director Frank Moritz announced Tuesday morning.

"There are no generators going at the pumping stations." Moritz told Patch. But if residents don't heed conservation warnings, that could change, and quickly.

Outages were widespread at Ridgewood Water's facilities, affecting the wells of the utility, which serves Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Wyckoff and Midland Park.

Ridgewood Water is currently borrowing water from Mahwah to maintain pumping, Moritz said.

Moritz called it a "moderately serious" situation, telling residents it's critical that they only use water if they absolutely have to.

"We are requesting that all residents conserve their us of water," the utility said in an e-mail to ratepayers. "Use only amounts of water that is extremely necessary as supply is very limited. Public safety is a major concern and your cooperation is very important. We will keep you advised of any further developments."

Said Moritz: "Everything depends on the usage and how much water we get from Mahwah. We're in the process of trying to make some other moves. Everything takes time."

Wyckoff Fire Chief Mike Rose told Patch the department is advising residents to fill tubs to be safe. Water pressure could become an issue, he said.

RdgwdGRock October 30, 2012 at 06:00 PM
regarding water usage for toilets"if it is yellow, let it mellow. if it is brown, flush it down"
KenC October 30, 2012 at 06:11 PM
The email Ridgewood Water sent to residents was illiterate, unlike the recent letter about lead in the Ridgewood water supply, which was well written but depressing. I find Ridgewood Water unimpressive.
Jacquie Hinrichs October 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Thank you Patch for your updates! The Ridgewood Water and Ridgewoodnj.net site cannot be accessed!
James Kleimann October 30, 2012 at 07:22 PM
There is no threat to drinking water at this time, officials have told me. I'll update as new information comes in.
Taxpayer October 30, 2012 at 09:31 PM
unbelievable. why aren't the generators working Frank?
Ridgewood resident October 31, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Why are there no back up generators on site? Or if there are generators, why aren't they working? Like a hospital, this is a critical facility and disastor recover procedures--especially related to power outages--should be the highest priority. This is reminiscent of some of the hospitals that failed to have redundant back-up generators in place, had generators that were susceptible to flooding or did not test the generators they have several days in advance of the storm despite having ample advance warning....This is not an unpredictable event like an earthquake. After all the power outages we've had in the past 3 years, we should been prepared for this.
Glen Rocker November 01, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Looks like Glen Rock circa 1812. Guess I can always walk over to the park and get a bucket of water to flush the toilet. Light some candles. Use fireplace to cook.
Kruse Ludington November 01, 2012 at 01:24 AM
What are the specific details regarding the water problem? No electricity for the pumps? And how come it can't be specified up front in the article? What are you trying to hide?
Kruse Ludington November 01, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Why are the generators for ALL the pumps down? Is it because of lack of proper maintenance?

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