A large water main break left some Newark residents without water Tuesday and forced one hospital to limit its patient intake to emergencies only.
The break happened about 8 a.m. at Clinton and Mill Sts. in nearby Belleville, N.J., officials said.
Residents in the north, west, south and central wards of Newark were affected — leaving some with no water at all as temperatures reached a high of 101 degrees in New Jersey’s largest city. A boiled-water advisory was issued until further notice, officials said.
University Hospital implemented an emergency water conservation effort, providing bottled water to patients, limiting visitors and asking people to only come to the hospital for an emergency.
The city was going door-to-door to hand out water donated by businesses such as ShopRite, Goya, Audible and Seabra’s, officials said.
In a statement, Newark mayor Ras J. Baraka thanked the companies and said the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities was working to fix the problem.
“Because of this hard work, some residents have seen their water service restored and we are continuing to work until full restoration,” Baraka said. “We are also grateful to our residents for their patience, especially those who have stepped in today to help neighbors with water delivery.”
The city was still working to get water up and running for all its residents Tuesday night.