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Ridgewood Police: There Is No E. Coli Outbreak

Ridgewood Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke.
Ridgewood Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Ridgewood Police Department is reassuring Ridgewood Water customers that the boil water advisory issued Wednesday following the discovery of E. coli in certain groundwater samples was in an "excess of caution."

"Fortunately the detection was in the raw water, prior to treatment and release into the system," police said Thursday.

"There is no E-coli outbreak. We hope to lift the advisory by Friday of this week."

The lab collected the sample on Tuesday and reported the results on Wednesday, RPD said.

Upon receiving their notification, Ridgewood proceeded with initiating the public notice, which included consulting with the NJDEP and EPA on the form of the notice.

"The groundwater source where the detection was made is in Ridgewood and was disinfected before distribution into the system," police said. "As a precaution, the NJDEP requires public notification to the entire low pressure zone of our system.

The zone includes all of Glen Rock, the portion of Ridgewood south of Monte Vista Avenue and east of the rail line, and the portion of Wyckoff in the area of Goffle Road, Hopper Avenue, Ravine Court and Ravine Avenue.

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