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The boil water advisory remains in effect for the Washington Crossing Estates development. The repair to the damaged water main in Washington Crossing Estates has been fixed. The water
system has been disinfected, however, the boil water notice remains in effect. Water samples will be sent out for testing on Monday February 8, 2016. We anticipate the test results will be returned approximately 48 hours after they are submitted to the laboratory. We will advise residents of when the results are received. Please refer to the township website at www.hopewelltwp.org or the Hopewell
Township Health Department Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HopewellHealthMercerNJ for boil water notice information.  If you have further questions please contact the Hopewell Township Health
Department at 609-737-0605 x636 or email at healthofficer@hopewelltwp.org

Please see below for boil water information.

 

Water Main Break Update/ Boil Water Advisory      Friday   February 5, 2016

The Township of Hopewell is issuing a Boil Water Advisory for residents within the Washington Crossing Estates homes served with municipal water, due to a line break. 

This is a standard procedure whenever a loss of pressure occurs which may compromise the quality of your drinking water.

Hopewell Township is making every possible effort to resolve this situation, as a precaution, the Boil Water Advisory is required until testing of the water supply is completed and the water deemed satisfactory for consumption. 

Effective immediately and until further notice, bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow the tap water to cool before using for:

 

  • Drinking.
  • Preparing foods, washing vegetables and fruit.
  • Cooking.
  • Making ice cubes.
  • Taking medications.
  • Brushing teeth.
  • Mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks. 

 

Hopewell Township also recommends the following steps:

  • Throw away uncooked food of 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 dilute 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 filter will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms.
  • Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.

Please be advised that the Township of Hopewell is doing all it can to make sure that your water is of the highest quality. 

We will notify our residents as soon as the advisory is lifted. 

If you have an emergent question please call the Hopewell Township Health Department at (609) 737-0120 during business hours or Hopewell Township Police Non-Emergency number (609) 737-3100 on nights and weekends to speak to a Health Department representative.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

 

 

Water Main Break          Friday  February 5, 2016

A water main break has occurred forcing the water to be shut down to State Park Drive.

Hopewell Township crews will be working on repairing the break.

The time needed for repair is unknown at this time.

 

 

 Phone Scam    January 29, 2016

The Hopewell Township Police Department has received multiple calls today from Hopewell Valley residents regarding a phone scam. Residents report that a person identifies himself as being with the U.S. Treasury and advises the resident that they have failed to respond to a magistrate or a grand jury notice. Some messages threaten arrest or fines.

Residents are urged not to give out any personal information if they actually speak with the caller. Residents are also urged not to call the phone number provided if a message was left for them asking for a return call.

You may report an incident to the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 or send an email to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: “IRS Phone Scam”) describing the phone call you received.

If you are unsure if the phone call you received is a scam, you may contact the Hopewell Township Police Department at 609-737-3100 ext. 0 and ask to speak with a police officer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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NEW JERSEY'S BLACK BEARS HAVE EMERGED FROM THEIR WINTER DENS; DEP OFFERS TIPS ON REDUCING CONFLICTS WITH BEARS


TRENTON - Black bears have exited their winter dens throughout New Jersey and are entering their most active period of the year as they search for food and mates, making encounters with humans in populated areas more likely. To reduce the risk of such encounters, State residents-especially those living in "bear country'' in Northwest Jersey-- are urged to take some simple precautions.

"There are some common sense steps people can take to reduce the risk of interacting with bears and enhancing public safety,'' said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. "Most important is not to feed bears - intentionally or unintentionally. Bears that learn to associate food with people, and their homes and living areas, can become habituated to easy sources of food and become the nuisance bears that regularly forage in neighborhoods. That can result in troubling encounters.''

Intentionally feeding black bears is illegal in New Jersey and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 per offense. The more common problem is the unintentional feeding of bears that occurs when homeowners' unknowingly make garbage, pet foods and bird feed available for bears to find and eat.

"Properly securing trash and eliminating anything else a bear will eat is one of the best ways to prevent bears from being attracted to a home or property,'' said David Chanda, director of the State Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The bear population in New Jersey has grown in recent years with bears sighted in all 21 counties, and bear-human encounters occurring more frequently in places outside of traditional bear country, including heavily populated and developed areas of the State.

To deal with that issue, a New Jersey Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy was developed by the state's Fish and Game Council and approved last year by Commissioner Martin. That policy emphasizes managing black bears through research and monitoring, non-lethal and lethal control of problem bears, public education on co-existing with bears, and includes an annual controlled hunt.

DEP wildlife experts are offering the following tips to minimize conflicts with bears this spring:

* Use certified bear-resistant garbage containers if possible. Otherwise, store all garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and place them along the inside walls of your garage, basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area.

* Wash garbage containers frequently with a disinfectant solution to remove odors. Put out garbage on collection day, not the prior night.

* Avoid feeding birds when bears are active. If you choose to feed birds, do so during daylight hours only and bring feeders indoors at night. Suspend birdfeeders from a free-hanging wire, making sure they are at least 10 feet off the ground. Clean up spilled seeds and shells daily.

* Immediately remove all uneaten food and food bowls used by pets fed outdoors.

* Clean outdoor grills and utensils to remove food and grease residue to minimize odors. Store grills securely.

* Do not place meat or any sweet foods in compost piles.

* Remove fruit or nuts that fall from trees in your yard.

* Properly installed electric fencing is an effective way of protecting crops, beehives and livestock.

Wildlife experts also offer the following information:

* A black bear passing through a residential area should not be considered a problem, as long as it is behaving normally and not posing a threat.

* If you encounter a bear remain calm and do not run. Make sure the bear has an escape route. Avoid direct eye contact, back up slowly and speak with a low, assertive voice.

* Black bear attacks are extremely rare. Should a black bear attack, fight back. Do not play dead.

Report bear damage, nuisance behavior or aggressive bears to the Wildlife Control Unit of the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife at (908) 735-8793.
During evenings and weekends, residents should call their local police department or the DEP Hotline at (877) WARN-DEP.

To learn more about New Jersey's black bears and ways to avoid problems with them, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts.htm.

 

 

 
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