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Boil-Water Advisory for Residents in New Jersey's Capital City

A boil-water advisory was issued for some residents and businesses in New Jersey's capital city.

A problem with chlorine levels has led officials to issue the boil-water advisory for parts of Trenton.

City spokesman Michael Walker says a technical issue caused a drop in chlorine levels on Tuesday morning and federal rules required the Trenton Water Works to test the quality over a period of time.

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Trenton covers just over 8 square miles (21 square kilometers), and has a population of about 84,000. The advisory affects about 35,000 people who mainly live along the Delaware River.

Walker says officials are hoping to lift the advisory by the end of the business day.

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Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson clarified what caused the boil water advisory and what could be done safely without boiling.

"There has been intentional misinformation disseminated regarding the city's water quality advisory," Jackson said. "The water is safe to bathe in and use for laundry. It is very important that you get correct information about this issue from official sources, such as the city's website: trentonnj.org, and not from rumor or unidentifiable sources."

"On Monday evening, we had a technical issue at the city's water treatment plant that caused chlorine levels to temporarily drop. Chlorine is used to help purify drinking water. Therefore, we advise those impacted to boil tap water for at least one minute until further notice. We have activated the city's robocall system and updates are occurring on the City’s webpage."

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