Atlantic City, Stafford Township, Ship Bottom and Brant Beach are among the New Jersey municipalities that have issued boil-water advisories, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Atlantic City officials say it will be another day until they have water test results that will show whether Hurricane Sandy compromised the resort's drinking water.
Until further notice, tap water must be boiled for three minutes before used for consumption, according to an Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority advisory issued Tuesday.
“Consumption includes brushing teeth, washing fruits and vegetables and making beverages and ice,” according to a release from the DEP. “Tap water that has not been boiled may be used for showering, bathing, shaving and washing, so long as care is taken not to swallow or allow water in the eyes or nose or mouth.”
In the meantime, people swarmed local businesses that reopened Wednesday to buy bottled water in the meantime.
Convenience stores open now include the 7-Eleven at Morris and Atlantic avenues and the Sunoco gas station at Michigan and Atlantic avenues near the Atlantic City Expressway.
Some jitneys are providing limited service to people to get food and water, with full service once the city is formally fully accessible again. That could happen as early as Thursday, but officials have not yet committed to a date pending road reopenings, electricity restoration and the outcome of water tests.
Staff writer David Simpson contributed to this report
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