Following Monmouth County declaring a Howell residents are now being advised to boil their water before consuming it until further notice.
When the state of emergency was first declared the township was not part of the boil-water advisory but that changed roughly around 8 p.m.
The Howell Police Department posted the regulations for the advisory on their Facebook page.
Until further notice residents are to:
•Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water during the day of the advisory;
•Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking;
•Rinse hand-washed dishes for a minute in diluted bleach (one tablespoon of household bleach per gallon of tap water) or clean your dishes in a dishwasher using the hot wash cycle and dry cycle.
•Do not swallow water while you are showering or bathing;
•Provide pets with boiled water after cooling;
•Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms;
•Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.
These regulations are in addition to the ones imposed by the state of emergency including no outdoor watering, no use of water for "non-essential reasons," and no washing non-commercial cars at facilities that do not use recycled water.
A copy of the full order for the state of emergency can be found on the township's website.
Howell Patch will have more information as it becomes available.