LAKE COMO, NJ — Margerum Avenue residents can expect a temporary loss of water between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, August 10, as work continues on Lake Como’s water infrastructure improvement project.
According to a letter by borough engineer Bruce Koch of CME Associates, representatives of the Sayreville-based firm will be on site during the water main shutdown to monitor the work by contractor Dewcon.
Residents are also advised that roads in the affected neighborhood may be closed to traffic, except to those living within the immediate project area. During this period, detours will be posted.
In addition, low water pressure experienced by residents today was attributed to the ongoing water infrastructure project.
After spending the past several months on the east side of the borough, Dewcon crews last month shifted to the west side of Main Street to clean and cement-line the underground water lines on 19th , 20th, 21st and Margerum Avenues as part of its nearly $2.5 million contract with Lake Como.
Through the Basking Ridge-based company’s cement mortar lining process, internal pipe corrosion is being removed from the water mains, resulting in improved water quality, flow and pressure for most of Lake Como, according to Koch.
For nearly one year, Dewcon has been working on the final phase of the total $7.4 million water infrastructure project. In April, the Lake Como Council increased Dewcon’s contract cost for its second phase by $355,000 to nearly $2.5 million in order to include more streets as the project progresses.
Over the past several years, Lake Como has been overhauling its aging water system, which was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. After the devastating storm, many borough residents became plagued by brown water running through their taps. While work was done to connect most “dead-end” water lines into the main system, it was not enough to resolve the water quality issue and prompted the need for this much larger undertaking — funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and low-interest loans.
Residents with questions about the project can call CME Associates at 732-727-8000.
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