SHORT HILLS, NJ – New Jersey American Water (NJAW), the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, is preparing to replace approximately 1,500 feet of aging six-inch cast iron main that was installed in the 1920s with new 12-inch ductile iron main along Walker Road (from Undercliff Terrace to the lower Burnett Terrace intersection) in West Orange. According to NJAW, the existing pipe has reached the end of its useful life and will be replaced with new pipe.

The project also includes replacing fire hydrants and utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. According to NJAW, these improvements should enhance water service reliability and water flows for household consumption and firefighting.

The project is underway and, weather permitting, is expected to be finished by mid-September. Final paving and restoration will be completed in the fall of 2017, according to NJAW.

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“The project represents a critical investment for the company in support of our commitment to provide customers with safe, reliable water service,” said John Gillespie, engineering project manager. “New Jersey American Water is investing about $1 million a day to continue to improve our infrastructure in service areas throughout in the state.”

Also as part of this improvement project, a meter pit will be installed within the property owner’s right of way curbside area. After installation, NJAW said that all that will be visible is a 15-inch circular cover that will be flush with the ground.

Once the meter pits are installed, and the project is complete, residents will be contacted to set up an appointment to move the meter from inside the property to the meter pit, which will take approximately 20-30 minutes. By doing this, access into the home to read, inspect, repair or replace the water meter will no longer be required in the future. There is no cost to the owner to have this work performed, according to NJAW.

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