Boil water advisory for Hudson, Bergen counties
“This means absolutely no outdoor water use”
A boil water advisory is in effect for parts of Hudson County and all of Bergen County after a lightning strike early this morning knocked out power and emergency generators at the United Water treatment plant ... via Jersey Journal
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#1 Aug 8, 2007
I woke up early Saturday morning to take my dogs for a walk when I heard a police car bullhorn call out "Please boil your water" as it drove along the avenue. No more details were given, that's all that was said.
As I looked around me, I could see a few people who hadn't understood or didn't speak English. There were neighbors I ran into throughout the weekend who hadn't even heard the news! Worse, news reports on TV were telling people to try to conserve water but the police had not mentioned that in their bullhorn announcements.
How can it be acceptable to pass along news of a dangerous situation by only sending a few cop cars out with a bullhorn? Few people were out early Saturday morning and because it was so hot, many had their windows closed and a/c's going full blast-- how were they supposed to hear a bullhorn message that way?
Worse, our community has many Hispanics who don't speak English. They were the very people I saw watering their lawns, drinking water from the public fountains or washing their cars all weekend.
Our officials need to come up with a better plan to communicate dangerous situations-- preferably in English & Spanish-- to safeguard the ENTIRE community. How difficault would it have been to put together bilingual fliers and slip them under doors and into building lobbies?
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