CAMDEN, NJ — New Jersey American Water will begin $1.1 million in upgrades to roughly 2,800 feet of a Camden water main along 27th Street from Marlton Avenue to Federal Street this week.

In addition to putting a new 12-inch iron main in place of aging 6-inch water lines, the project will replace 160 utility-owned service lines and four fire hydrants. 

American Water said that given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, customers who may encounter the workers are encouraged to adhere to social distancing rules and seek online tools instead for more information on the project.

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The upgrades will, “continue to advance water service reliability and increase water flows for household consumption and fire protection in this community,” the company said in an announcement. 

The company’s contractor, Pioneer Pipe Contractor, expects to start the project Thursday and continue until the end of July, weather permeating. 

“This improvement is part of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion-dollar initiative to accelerate the renewal of water infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life in more than 100 communities across the state,” American Water said in a statement Wednesday. 

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