'Boil water' alert continues in Camden, NJ
CAMDEN, N.J. - June 22, 2012 (WPVI) -- The 'boil water' advisory continues for residents in one section of Camden, N.J.
14,000 United Water customers, homes and businesses, in several neighborhoods west of the Cooper River have been impacted by the water problems in Camden.
Water reserves started dropping Wednesday night and the city has been frantically trying to get more gallons with the help of surrounding communities.
The result has been faucets with low pressure, spewing out a brown mess causing a mandatory boil water advisory.
Restrictions are in effect which means no watering lawns or filling pools.
"This is just about as serious as you can get. We need the water consumption to be reduced," Camden Public Works Director Patrick Keating said.
The city believes people illegally opening fire hydrants is one of the major causes leading to its water problems.
One hydrant on West Street was being used by a man watering a garden.
"You get a couple of hydrants going at a thousand gallons per minute and you're really running some water. We're investigating all the possibilities [into why] our water consumption is so high," Keating said.
Fire services and Cooper University Hospital brought in large tankers to boost its water levels.
At Campbell's Field, the hot seats stayed emptied after the River Sharks were forced to postpone Thursday night's game.
"God forbid something happens to one of our fans and they need water. We do have bottled water at concessions stands, but it's the lavatories, as well, not to mention the fire suppression system," River Sharks general manager Adam Lorber said.
All tickets for June 21st can be used at a future Riversharks game.
On Everett Street, Eliseo Rivera was checking on his elderly neighbors.
"Somebody's got to do it, I love my neighbors; your neighbors are your family," Rivera said.
At this point, that help will have to continue because the city can't say when the problem will be fixed.
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