NUTLEY, N.J. (WABC) — Two communities in New Jersey have declared a water emergency after a massive 74-inch water main burst in Nutley last Wednesday.

Montclair and Glen Ridge are now asking people to stop using water unless necessary.

All this after a major mainline breakthrough at Nutley it affected the water supply of hundreds of thousands of residents in Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties.

Bloomfield issued a boil water advisory and Newark advised residents Friday that they may experience low or no water pressure as a result of the incident.

According to a statement from the city of Glen Ridge, repairs to the aqueduct are ongoing.

“Many efforts have been made to compensate for the loss of water from the aqueduct. Although these efforts have been successful, temporary systems remain strained. We need to reduce the demand for water in our system,” the city said.

The North Jersey Water Commission said the problem began Wednesday.

But neighbors told Eyewith News otherwise.

“We were woken up in the middle of the night on Monday to move our cars and then needed them,” said Bill Wexler.

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