200,000 people across 18 towns lose water

LINCROFT, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The water nightmare is continuing on Saturday for hundreds of thousands of people near the Jersey Shore, as three broken water mains in Monmouth County knocked out service on Friday night.

And it could be days before residents get any relief.

A pedestrian bridge over the Swimming River Reservoir collapsed, sending water gushing and causing three water mains to break.

WCBS 880?s Sophia Hall reports


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“That collapsed, which caused that to collapse,” Peter Eschbach of New Jersey American Water told CBS 2?s Rachel Stockman as he pointed to water mains. “Obviously we will be investigating that.”

About 200,000 people serviced by New Jersey American Water — spanning 18 towns throughout Monmouth County — were affected. Some lost water altogether, while others are seeing a reduction in pressure.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports 


“We are not drinking any water from the faucets,” Middletown resident Esther Ciprich said. ”The water appears clear now, but I don’t trust it.”




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