Long Beach's water declared safe to drink

Cars and homes on the west end of Cars and homes on the west end of Long Beach damaged by superstorm Sandy. (Oct. 31, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

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Long Beach's water was declared safe to drink this morning by city officials.

The city released a statement that all residents, health care facilities, commercial buildings and apartment buildings must flush out every faucet for a minimum 10 to 15 minutes "before drinking or using the water."

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Additionally, the statement said "any ice made prior to this notice should not be consumed and should be discarded. If your water is unusually cloudy or colored after flushing, please contact the water department and your building manager."

Long Beach was devastated by superstorm Sandy, which arrived Oct. 29, then hit by a nor'easter on Wednesday. The sewer system has been restored, but not at 100 percent capacity, according to the city's website, so residents are asked to conserve water "to avoid overburdening the system."

For more information, residents can call City Hall at 516-431-1000. To receive phone, email, or text updates about Long Beach, visit longbeachny.gov and sign up for SWIFT911 notifications.

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