BAYONNE, NJ - In an effort to comply with a state mandate to upgrade its water delivery system, the Bayonne City Council is set to take action allowing the city to enter into two easement agreements with property owners in Kearny and Jersey City.
Twin aqueducts that carry water to Bayonne from elsewhere in the state pass under the Hackensack River. To upgrade these, the city must access property on both sides, according to City Law Director Jay Coffey.
“We’re doing this to meet the requirements to upgrade the system,” Coffey said. “In order to do that we have to have access to these properties.”
First installed in 1896 and later upgraded in the late 1920s and early 1930s when twin 30-inch cast-iron pipes were installed, the system was again replaced in 1979 and underwent additional repair in 1991. New leaks were discovered in 2012 but temporary repairs, including the installation of clamps and metal putty, could not completely solve the problem.
Through the use of a number of funding sources, including grants, this new project will once again replace the currently corroded pipes, doing away with the costly temporary fixes, increasing water supply, and guaranteeing uninterrupted service.
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