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New Jersey American Water Invests $3M in the Borough of Roselle to Improve Water Quality and Fire Flows

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PLAINFIELD, NJ – New Jersey American Water is continuing to make needed improvements into the Roselle system to ensure quality and reliability to customers. 

This summer, two large projects will begin - a main replacement and a cleaning and lining project. A third main replacement has just been completed. Since the beginning of the year, infrastructure projects in Roselle will exceed $3.1 million.

New Jersey American Water will replace 1,450 feet of 4- and 6- inch aging main that was installed in the 1920s with new 6- and 8- inch ductile iron main along:

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·        Linden Road (from 1st Avenue to 3rd Avenue)

·        Hamilton Street (from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue)

The existing pipe has reached the end of its useful life and will be replaced with new pipe. The project also includes replacing utility-owned service lines and fire hydrants along the pipeline route. These improvements should enhance water service reliability and water flows for household consumption and firefighting.

Work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. New Jersey American Water’s contractor, CRJ Contracting, began work in mid-July and weather permitting will complete the work by mid-August.

As part of this improvement project, a meter pit will be 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. Once the meter pit is installed, the meter serving the property will be moved from its current location inside the property to the meter pit. By doing this, access into the home to read, inspect, repair or replace the water meter will no longer be required in the future. At the completion of the project, a separate appointment will be arranged to move the meter from inside the property to the meter pit. This transfer will take approximately 20-30 minutes. There is no cost to the owner to have this work performed.

In addition to the water main replacement project, New Jersey American Water will be cleaning and lining approximately 4,719 feet of water mains in the Borough of Roselle starting in early August. This $1.6 million project is expected to be completed in late fall. Cleaning and lining is the process of removing sediment from inside a water main, then lining the inner surface of the main with sealant. This procedure significantly improves the reliability of water service, water quality and fire flows. The project will be conducted along:

·        1st Avenue (from Sheridan Avenue to just before Park Street)

·        2nd Avenue (from Sheridan Avenue to Prospect Street)

·        Halcyon Place and Prospect Street (from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue)

·        Meadow Street (from Linden Road to Hamilton Street)

·        Hawthorne Street

·        Park Street (East 2nd Avenue and East 3rd Avenue)

·        Prospect Street

Restoration of roads, sidewalks, curbs and lawns are expected to be completed by the end of the year. Final paving will take place in early spring 2018.

Sections of the street where the construction is taking place may be closed during work hours and/or alternating traffic patterns may be put in place. All traffic control will be coordinated with local police.

New Jersey American Water is committed to the safety of its employees and contractors, and advises pedestrians and drivers to take caution in the vicinity of work sites.

“New Jersey American Water places a high value on our proactive replacement program, as it helps us improve water quality and service and makes our systems more resilient to potential disruptions in the future. The projects in Roselle are a continuation of the critical investment for the company to provide our customers with safe, reliable water service. By constantly upgrading our infrastructure, we’re planning to keep it that way,” stated Mike Bange, manager of Field Operations for New Jersey American Water’s Central Region.

A third major infrastructure project in the Borough of Roselle was recently completed along Sheridan Avenue (from 1st Avenue to St. Georges Avenue.)  New Jersey American Water replaced the aging 6- inch water main with 5,060 feet of new 8-inch ductile iron pipe. The project cost exceeded $1 million. 

“New Jersey American Water is dedicated to delivering innovative and environmentally friendly solutions to improve water quality throughout our system,” said Bange.

More information can be found at www.newjerseyamwater.com.

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