Latest Update on Bloomfield’s Water Supply

BY  |  Friday, Jul 11, 2014 2:36pm  |  COMMENTS (36)

water faucetThe township’s website still has the original water supply warning, which states that E.coli was found and that residents should boil all water before using, but on the Mayor’s Facebook page, he posted the following update, saying that latest results show No E.coli present, but to still continue to boil water or use bottled water:

#BloomfieldNJ here is the latest update
We are following the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) notification requirements.

We are continually sampling and our latest results indicate that there was NO EColi present. It is requested that you continue to boil or use bottled water

Hydrants will also be flushed as a precautionary measure. Additional updates will follow.

Bloomfield residents, have you received updated messages through email, texts, or robo-calls?





  1. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 11, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

    It’s being reported that the town knew about this on 7/3/14 and only notified the residents at approx 10pm last night

  2. POSTED BY srosen  |  July 11, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    Where is it being “reported”? Stop fear-mongering and trying to create an issue.

  3. POSTED BY hrhppg  |  July 11, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

    It is still cleaner then the water supply to 2/3’s of the world.

  4. POSTED BY walleroo  |  July 11, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    Better than Bangladesh but not quite as good as Pakistan, eh, hrrpg?

  5. POSTED BY walleroo  |  July 11, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    hrhppg — my keyboard got stuck…

  6. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  July 11, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    Trace amounts, not harmful, move on.

  7. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  July 11, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

    W’s Dad, Bush the Elder, hated broccoli, and he let us all know that, although he never broadcast an opinion on ecoli. Broccoli vs ecoli, what a dilemma. “Read my lips, no new toxins”.

  8. POSTED BY psmith  |  July 11, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    Not everybody in the world has Facebook. Although it was kind of the Mayor to advise those people.

  9. POSTED BY PAZ  |  July 11, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

    My dad once told me….”Son, you’ll eat a yard of e coli before you die.”

  10. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  July 11, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

    “Where is it being “reported”? Stop fear-mongering and trying to create an issue.”

    @srosen—what ms gilleran is referring to is most likely this posting on another baristanet thread:

    POSTED BY mec1972 | July 11, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

    And they have known about this since July 3 by the way (inside source I know)

    —so, some anonymous person on a local blog typed something, and that is now “being reported.”

    so typical of the lazy thinking and outright delusional paranoia that seems to infect waaay too many people in this country. sadly, this is no surprise to anyone who has sampled ms. gilleran’s posts—oops “reporting”—here on this site…

  11. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 11, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

    jcunnigham- your grasping at straws- it’s being reported by people who were notified last week by insiders. I’m OPRA’ing the Water reports so that we will know when the town actually knew

  12. POSTED BY mser  |  July 11, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    the official document sent stated the test failed on Monday 7/7 and that they were fairly confident it would be fixed in a couple of days so by the time they notified us yesterday the problem was most likely solved. We use the same water supply as many other townships who haven’t failed or at least reported failing any tests. Also further info from the mayor revealed it was one out of many tests they perform throughout the system. It would be nice to know where exactly the failed test occurred but IMHO this is an isolated incident.

  13. POSTED BY srosen  |  July 11, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    Again, no reporting. Just same old rumoring and trying to start trouble.

  14. POSTED BY mser  |  July 11, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

    maybe no reporting from the crack Baristanet staff but Councilman Joanow keeps his constituents in the loop:

    E. coli bacteria were found in the water supply on samples collected 07/07/2014. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems. Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.

    Corrective actions will include chlorinating, flushing, additional sampling and assessing the Bloomfield system as well as investigating sampling procedures, residual disinfectant levels, and source water quality. Bloomfield is a consecutive system supplied by Newark Water Department. We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem as soon as possible within the next few days.

  15. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 11, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

    WOwee Steve- do you remember the fiasco in 2012 when the town said the water met federal standards and then had to mail us all a letter saying that it hadn’t and then because of public pressure they started hydrant flushing at specific times of year (Montclair and other communities had done this all along).

    I suppose that that was “rumor mongering” too.

  16. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 11, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    The Bloomfield Council discussed possible solutions to above-average levels of contaminants in the township’s drinking water during last night’s conference meeting.

    Residents had received a notice that the town’s drinking water violated the standard for levels of trihalomethanes, which are a byproduct of the chlorination process. Over long periods of time, consuming excessive trihalomethanes can cause problems with the liver, kidneys or central nervous system, as well as possibly increasing the risk for cancer. Infants, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to these effects.

    This has been an ongoing problem for Bloomfield; residents received a similar notice a year ago. During the public comment period, Pat Gilleran presented the council with printouts from the New Jersey DEP’s Drinking Water Watch website , which showed the levels of contamination in Bloomfield drinking water have peaked during the 3rd quarter (7/1 – 9/30) each year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She also pointed out that the 2011 Water Quality Report issued in June 2012 stated that, “The report confirms, without question, that your drinking water is safe and that is (sic) surpasses all federal and state standards for drinking water,” despite the fact that the report shows total trihalomethanes averaging 86 UG/L (parts per billion) during 2011, which is above the maximum contaminant level of 80 UG/L.

  17. POSTED BY hrhppg  |  July 11, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

    Reporting = spreading rumors.

    Fiasco = EPA water report saying that the same contamination that we had already been notified about was still present.

  18. POSTED BY srosen  |  July 11, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

    I do remember an issue with the printed statistics regarding the water. I don’t know if it was a printing error or a water quality error. According to your post, it was a quality issue that also determined the water to be safe.

    Regarding hydrant flushing, the town didn’t start doing it with that. The Bloomfield FD has always flushed the hydrants twice a year to maintain the lines, clear debris and to check functionality. The hydrant flushing takes place at night to avoid bothering and inconveniencing residents, so naturally most people do not know it is occurring.

  19. POSTED BY concernedcitizen5151  |  July 11, 2014 @ 8:56 pm

    Has anyone seen the agenda for Monday night. The wonderful representatives you voted into office are passing a bond for 10 MILLION DOLLARS and a resolution for A LOAN FOR OVER 6 MILLION DOLLARS for a total of 16 MILLION TAX DOLLARS to purchase property that was already being built on and that would have created a tax base for open space. My tax dollars without even putting this 16 MILLION TAX DOLLAR piece of property to vote. I don’t know about anyone else but I have a big problem with it. You go Bloomfield, spend my money so Councilman Joanow can have a park in his own back yard. I am so glad I am leaving this sorry town. Soon it will be owned by the state because the current Council loves to spend my money. And yes, let’s not forget that also on the agenda we are creating a position of Police Director to the tune of 165 THOUSAND DOLLARS. Way to go Sam, you get to collect your pension and get 165 thousand tax dollars from Bloomfield. Gotta love this Council. They do know how to spend my money. All I can say is I will be voting REPUBLICAN IN NOVEMBER.

  20. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 11, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

    Steve – the FD always flushed hydrants but not on a schedule to alieve the contamination.

  21. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  July 12, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    @pat gilleran:

    “it’s being reported by people who were notified last week by insiders.”

    —in other words, what i said is exactly correct. you have no facts and there is no reporting.

    “I’m OPRA’ing the Water reports so that we will know when the town actually knew”

    —so now you are going to waste other people’s time while you track down your delusions.

    what an embarrassment you are.

  22. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 12, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    transparency in government is a waste of people’s time? Let’s see what the reports say and when the town knew and how long they waited to tell the residents.

    In 2012 it was over 6 months before we were notified of the contamination- and even then it was because the DEP forced them to tell us- they had already released a water quality report that showed the contamination but the text that went along with it said that the water was in compliance with deferal standars- it wasn’t!

  23. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  July 12, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    Transparency in government is not a waste of time.

    Chasing ones personal delusions on the public dime—and inflaming those delusions by publicly spreading innuendo and lies—is worse than a waste of time.

    Personally, I think Memphis contaminated the water supply as an act of doggie terrorism. I plan on filing an Opra request to prove my theory.

  24. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 12, 2014 @ 8:32 am

    Please share the results that you get jcunningham as will I.

    I shared the results that I received back in 2012 and found that we were lied to in our annual water report.

    And YES poor little Memphis was incarcerated at the Bloomfield Animal shelter during the time that the water testing showed contamination

  25. POSTED BY State Street Pete  |  July 12, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    jc, I think you’re off base on this one.

    srosen, this country was built by trouble makers and the world needs more of them. Not sure why you want less information, but most of us would like to know what’s going on, and I’m quite happy to have the information Pat provides. She tends to know what’s going on.

  26. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 12, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    we’re discussing the water problem – and if hydrants were flushed last night- on the BLOOMFIELD PULSE- hopefully the mayor will update us on the hydrant flushing and where the contamination lies – and if there is more

  27. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  July 12, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    So mark State Street Pete down in the “wants information, doesn’t care whether it’s real or not” category.

    The point, Pete, is that there’s nothing to investigate here, other than a single anonymous blog posting. Such pathetic beginnings do not a story–or more pointedly—do not a conspiracy make.

    Please do not aggrandize Ms Gilleran and further inflame her delusional thinking that Bloomfield is conspiring against her. Thanks!.

  28. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  July 12, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    “And YES poor little Memphis was incarcerated at the Bloomfield Animal shelter during the time that the water testing showed contamination”

    —It was reported that President Obama ordered this as a way to silence Memphis for his knowledge about Benghazi.

  29. POSTED BY State Street Pete  |  July 12, 2014 @ 9:24 am

    jc, the conspiracy is in your head. Have a nice day.

  30. POSTED BY psmith  |  July 12, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    Cam down everybody. Just got a robot call. The water is safe!

  31. POSTED BY psmith  |  July 12, 2014 @ 2:39 pm


  32. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 13, 2014 @ 12:05 am

    which robot called you?

  33. POSTED BY psmith  |  July 13, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    Pat: I think it was the one operated by the Department of Health

  34. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  July 13, 2014 @ 9:49 pm

    Slightly more than a worthless blog entry. Trace amounts (super harmless) were found. Move the F on. No need to boil water. Christ.

  35. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 13, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

    e coli contamination and it’s “super harmless” and then the DEP demands that we boil water and you think that means nohing.

    You move on

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