(March 14, 2017) – This month, New Jersey American Water began working to replace approximately 650 feet of aging 6-inch water main that was installed around 1920 with new 12-inch ductile iron main along Morris Court (from Morris Avenue to the dead end). The existing pipe has reached the end of its useful life. The project also includes replacing utility-owned service lines and fire hydrants along the pipeline route, as well as the installation of meter pits to replace meters currently installed inside residents’ homes.
"With the installation of the new water mains, New Jersey American Water customers should experience increased water flows for residences and fire protection, and continued improvement in reliability," stated Thomas Shroba, senior director of Operations, North Region. “And having the meter located outside of their homes is an improved/added convenience.”
Sections of street where the construction is taking place may be closed during work hours, which are generally 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All traffic control will be coordinated by local police. New Jersey American Water is committed to the safety of its employees and advises pedestrians and drivers to please take caution in the vicinity of work sites.
At various segments of the project, customers may experience temporary service interruptions while the work is performed. Customers may also experience a slight discoloration of water. If this happens, run the water until it is clear. New Jersey American Water will notify customers 24 hours in advance when the utility-owned service line is being replaced at the property. Also, customers will receive instructions on how to flush the household plumbing prior to using water.
As part of this improvement project, American Water will also be installing a meter pit at the curb area of the properties, in the right of way. After installation, all that will be visible is a 15-inch circular cover that will be flush with the ground. Once the meter pits are installed, and the entire project is complete, residents will be contacted to set up an appointment to move the meter from inside the property to the meter pit.
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New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.7 million people. More information can be found at www.newjerseyamwater.com. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. The company employs 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.