Monday, November 24, 2014
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UPDATE: Drinking Water now ok

Ventnor City says water is safe to drink, but a sewage leak in the back bay leads to restrictions on fun, fishing.

UPDATE: Drinking Water now ok

UPDATE: Sunday morning: Officials say the drinking water in Ventnor now is ok (thanks, just bought four jugs of spring water), and boiling etc. no longer necessary. The leaking sewage pipe in the bay area continues, and recreation and fishing restrictions still apply. Apparently, people have been ocmplaining about the sewage pump at Fulton and Harvard for quite awhile, with no or little response from city officials. Like I said, thanks guys.

Well, the world seems to be ending, and it's beginning in Ventnor, New Jersey. Visitors and locals were greeted with emails and recorded phone messages Friday night informing them that 1. a sewage pipe had ruptured around Harvard and Fulton Aves in the back bay section, and near ski beach, and that all jet skiing, swimming, etc. was prhobited until further notice. THe state DEP said all shellfish etc. from Lakes Bay north of Margate was now considered not safe for consumption. This broken sewage pipe has been a problem that has been around for awhile. An earlier fix did not do the trick, and well, I guess the subsequent fix that was supposed to do the trick hadn't yet been executed. Nice. Everyone head to the ocean.

Then, a few minutes later, another fun notification. The city had found e-0coli contamination in the dirnking water and was adivsing residents to boil their water or use bottled. They discovered this problem on Wednesday, told everybody on Friday. Thanks guys! Doesn't seem to have affected my dog, and we're all on a bottled water jag anyway, but still. Would have been better to eat those backyard tomatoes straight off the vine, I guess. N o word on when things will be back to normal . Everyone have a fun weekend! Don't forget the Hobie Cat Regatta on Oxford, it's gonna e awesome. Start time at noon. UPDATE: Hobie Regataa postponed until next Saturday because of light to no wind forecast. 

Here's more details from our friends at the Press of Atlantic Ciy. 

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Reach The Downashore at arosenberg@phillynews.com.

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