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An essential part of your family's emergency plan is to be prepared for any situation where your normal water supply might not be safe or available. Your usual source of water might not be safe to drink in the event of a water main break or weather conditions that could introduce pollution.

Whether you are on a private well or served by a community water system (“city water”), it is recommended to keep on-hand at least 1 gallon, per person, per day of clean water. For more information on storing water safely visit:

The Environmental Protection Agency also offers information regarding Drinking Water Emergency Response.

If you have a private well, your water might not be available to you during power outages or times of prolonged drought. During severe weather, if flooding occurs, pollutants could enter your well making the water unsafe to drink. For more information on routine well testing and actions to take in order to disinfect your well, please visit the general Water section of our website.

 There are several community water systems serving residents and businesses in Somerset County.

**Check your water bill, contact customer service, and be sure that your supplier has your phone number so you can be promptly notified during any drinking water emergency.**

 Your water supplier may issue a Boil Water Advisory if bacterial contamination is suspected. In the event of a water main break in your area, an advisory will often be issued as a precaution. While the water company works to repair the pipes and test the water quality, it is important to follow all guidance provided to ensure your family’s health. You may also be asked to conserve water during this time. The water company will conduct additional testing to ensure the water is safe before lifting the advisory. For further information, please refer to the CDC's Boil Water Advisory Guidance document.

In rare circumstances, your supplier may issue a “Do Not Drink” or a “Do Not Use” water restriction. These restrictions will be placed when the water contains (or may contain) pollution that cannot be removed by boiling. If a Do Not Use advisory is issued, there may be contamination that is harmful on contact and so the water should not be used for showering, washing hands, dishes, clothing, or for any other purpose. In the event of a Do Not Drink/Use Notice, your water supplier and local authorities will issue specific instructions. Please do not attempt to treat the water from your tap yourself.