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Large water main break affecting Monmouth Co

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MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Nearly two dozen Monmouth County municipalities remained under a boil water advisory Saturday as crews worked to repair a major water main break at a water treatment plant in Middletown Township.

County officials also were continuing a ban on outdoor water usage that was imposed after break occurred Friday afternoon at New Jersey American Water Co.'s treatment plant at Swimming River Reservoir.

Officials said a wooden bridge atop three pipes that lead to and from the plant collapsed, though it still wasn't clear Saturday whether the pipes or bridge collapsed first.

New Jersey American Water provides service to about 55,000 people in Monmouth County. The company had set up temporary distribution sites on Saturday morning so customers could fill containers with water.

Officials also said other water companies were rerouting water to the firm's customers, but not enough to meet normal demand.

It was not clear when the repairs will be completed. Officials say water customers will likely experience low water pressure or no pressure until the work is done.

"While things are looking a little better for many county residents today, a state of emergency remains in effect until further notice," Freeholder Director John Curley said in a statement issued Saturday. "We are all in this together and it is critically important that each of us does our part to conserve water."

Gov. Chris Christie planned to discuss the situation during a news conference in Oceanport on Saturday afternoon.

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