LAKE COMO, NJ — Work on Lake Como’s long-awaited water infrastructure improvement project is expected to resume shortly after Labor Day.

The borough council on August 22 awarded a $2.1 million contract to Dewcon Inc. of Basking Ridge to resume the project, which will include cleaning and cement lining the water mains in the southwest and northeast portions of the municipality — specifically, the Margerum Avenue neighborhood on the west side of Main Street and an area encompassing portions of 16th through 18th Avenues, including Woolley Lane.

Once a preconstruction meeting is held between Dewcon representatives and borough officials, a timetable for the work will be established and residents in the affected areas will be notified.

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After Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, many borough residents were 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 a much larger undertaking to clean and line the aging water mains running under the borough streets.

While the project’s first phase totaling $3.4 million was completed in late 2015 — funded by an $850,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant and a low-interest loan — borough officials have been working since then to meet all the requirements to secure another USDA grant to begin the initiative’s next two phases.

In April, the borough was awarded a $700,000 USDA grant for phases II and III, which kicked in the bidding process for the work and the final selection of Dewcon from among four bids. The $1.4 million balance of the cost will again be funded through a low-interest loan, according to borough officials.

The project’s total estimated cost stands at $7.4 million, as borough officials plan to pursue funding for its fourth and final phase. Federal grants like those offered through USDA provide much-needed funding to ensure that aging infrastructure systems can be maintained without having a major impact on taxpayers, they maintain.

Dewcon has provided infrastructure rehabilitation services to a wide variety of customers primarily in the northeastern United States for more than a decade. To learn more about its cement mortar lining process, below is a video showing the process. Also, visit Dewcon's website for additional details


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