To ensure safety and reliability, Trenton Water Works (TWW), under oversight by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), is continuing efforts to optimize their treatment plant and water distribution system.
A low-velocity flushing program has been implemented, and TWW employees will be working throughout the service area to sample or flush hydrants, with the goal of optimizing chlorine disinfection. During the flushing program, residents should not notice any water color changes, but there might be a chlorine smell as TWW personnel work to increase chlorine levels in parts of the water distribution system.
TWW has also expanded system-wide monitoring for Legionella bacteria via sampling locations approved by the NJDEP, including locations within Hopewell Township, TWW storage tanks, the water-filtration plant on Route 29 South in Trenton, and the 100 million-gallon Pennington Avenue Reservoir.
It’s important that anyone on home dialysis contact their kidney specialist to check if additional testing of water for chlorine residual, or any other measures, is required before use. Additionally, customers using tap water for aquariums should monitor the chlorine residual levels before use and treat as needed.
Ongoing program updates will be posted by TWW at www.trentonwaterworks.org/legionella and through the NJDEP at https://dep.nj.gov/trentonwater/legionella/. TWW will also be making automated phone calls to keep residents informed; customers are encouraged to sign up for TWW-Connects via their website.
Questions? Contact TWW at 609-989-3208 or the NJDEP Bureau of Safe Drinking Water at (609) 292-5550.