Water Department


Welcome to the East Orange Water Commission's official website. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the East Orange Water Commission and the services we provide.

The Commission serves the City of East Orange and the Borough of East Newark(Billing and Customer Service only). We are committed to providing quality water and wastewater service to our customers.

Mission Statement:

  • To provide our customers the highest quality water obtainable with uninterrupted service.
  • To utilize every safeguard possible to ensure the highest quality water and the health of our customers.
  • To be prepared at all times to supply our customers with ample water for fire protection and sanitation.
  • To produce water at the least possible cost to the consumer with only sufficient income to cover the East Orange Water Commission's operating and maintenance cost, with sufficient reserves to be set aside each year to cover depreciation, replacements, and such new capital developments as are necessary to uphold a high state of efficiency.
  • As a self-sustaining department of the City of East Orange, the normal operation of the Water Commission will have absolutely no impact on the tax rate.
  • If, through efficient and wise business management, a surplus above the requirements of the Commission develops, it will be provided to the consumers in the form of a reduction of their water rates.
Starting April 29, 2019, the East Orange Water Department will commence its Annual Hydrant Flushing program.  The flushing will take place Monday-Thursday, 7:30pm - 11:30pm, until completed.  During this time, residents in the area may experience cloudy/brownish water.  Please refrain from washing clothes for the sediment in the water will cause staining.  After 11:30pm, run the cold water in your home at the lowest floor, e.g. the basement, until the water clears.  Technicians will be flushing in the 1st Ward April 29 - May 1st, weather permitting.  Please make the necessary preparations.  If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at (973) 266-8869..

The East Orange Water Department will be operating valves throughout the city starting on Saturday April 6, 2019 as part of our system maintenance strategy.  The valve operation project will occur Monday - Thursday, 3:30pm - 7:30pm, and some Saturdays, until project completion.  During operation, customers in the area may experience periods of brown/cloudy water.  If this occurs, please run the cold water for a minute and it should clear.  If you have any questions, contact Customer Service at (973) 266-8869. 


DATE: March 3, 2019

TO: City of East Orange Residents and Stakeholders

FROM: Mayor Ted R. Green


East Orange’s water is clean, safe and continues to meet the standards of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

We have issued a statement in response to false water quality reports that began circulating on social media early Sunday morning.

Christopher Coke, Executive Director of the East Orange Water Department, confirmed the most recent round of coliform testing that took place between January and February 2019 and found no bacterial contaminants like E. coli or other organic compounds that would endanger the City’s water.

In fact, the City, under the supervision of a licensed water treatment operator and its executive director, conducts sample testing regularly using third-party tester Aqua Pro-Tech Laboratories (APL) as an additional security measure to maintain water quality.

We are not sure of the source of these reports, but they are not true. Our residents can be assured that our water is clean and safe. 


The East Orange Water Commission holds their General Meetings every third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 P.M. in the Main Conference Room in its office located at 99 South Grove Street, East Orange, N.J. and will be open to the public.

Formal Action Will Be Taken
Alison Rolling
President Board of Water Commissioners of the City of East Orange