SHORT HILLS, N.J. (Sept. 13, 2017) – New Jersey American Water will be investing approximately $1.5 million for the installation of 2,200 feet of new water main in its Millburn service area this fall. The company will replace water main that was put into service as long ago as the 1930s. The aging 24-inch water line will be replaced with new 30-inch ductile iron pipe.
"By proactively upgrading aging infrastructure, we are continuing our commitment to ensuring quality and service for our customers,” stated Tom Shroba, senior director, North Operations. “New Jersey American Water customers in Millburn should experience increased water flows for residences and fire protection, and continued improvement in reliability."
Starting early October, the company will be installing the new main along Glen Avenue, from the west side of Lackawanna Place near the library to Sagamore Road. To maintain service during the project, a temporary above ground water line will be installed, bypassing the section of the water main that is being replaced.
Work hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weather permitting, construction will be completed by mid-December by New Jersey American Water’s contractor, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son.
As part of the project, work associated with utility-owned service lines will necessitate a 30- to 60-minute interruption of service when the lines are connected to the main. Customers will be notified in advance of the disruption and their patience and understanding during this project is greatly appreciated. The crews will work as quickly as possible to shorten the length of these temporary inconveniences.
The project also includes installing nine-meter pits where none exist. These are typically installed at the curb area of the property, 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. Final street restoration is expected to be in the spring of 2018.
New Jersey American Water values the safety of its workers and advises drivers and pedestrians to take caution near the work sites.
These improvements in Millburn are part of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion-dollar program to accelerate the renewal of water infrastructure that is reaching the end of its useful life in more than 100 communities across the state. To view additional pipeline renewal projects throughout the state, visit New Jersey American Water’s interactive Infrastructure Upgrade Map located at www.newjerseyamwater.com under Water Quality, System Updates.
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 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 6,800 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.
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