Monday, April 1, 2013
Portion of Swimming River Road will be closed this week.
After a pipe failure in June at the New Jersey American Water treatment plant, the company will be making repairs this week. On April 1, New Jersey American Water Company plans to install operational upgrades to its water delivery system at its Swimming River reservoir plant. This will require the closure of Swimming River Road (County Route 50) to traffic between Newman Springs Road in Middletown and County Route 537 in Tinton Falls/Colts Neck. Due to the high volume of vehicular traffic on Swimming River Road, Monmouth County has required this work be scheduled between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., to minimize disrupt to the traveling public. New Jersey American Water Company anticipates that their work will complete by April 5. This closure will …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
New Jersey American Water was caused by construction
West Long Branch residents' water should be back to normal after earlier reports of discolored tap water. The West Long Branch Police said that New Jersey American Water was aware of the situation and that the water is not dangerous to drink. New Jersey American Water Director of Communications and External Affairs Peter Eschbach said the discolored water experienced by some West Long Branch customers had nothing to do with algae in the reservoir, as reported earlier by police. "Construction taking place on Victor Avenue apparently had a backhoe using its bucket to break up pavement to the point where it was causing enough vibrations to shake the adjacent houses as well as the water mains in the street," Eschbach said. "Crews from our …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The project will span 8 months and cost $9.5 million.
After a pipe failure in June at the New Jersey American Water treatment plant, many Monmouth County residents found themselves boiling water or conserving for neighboring towns. Months later, NJAW has a $9.5 million plan to fix the busted pipes on Swimming River Road in Lincroft and a contingency plan for future emergencies. Follow our coverage, from the broken pipelines to boil water advisories and water-use restrictions. Officials at NJAW could not comment about what they call "the event," which occurred on June 29 when three main pipes burst and collapsed into the reservoir, cutting off the raw water intake to the treatment plant. The incident is currently under investigation by the Board of Public Utilities. The BPU allowed NJAW to …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Board of Public Utilities investigating June 29 water main break
Freeholder Director John P. Curley says he believes New Jersey American Water (NJAW) should reimburse its customers who were affected by the water main break earlier this summer in Tinton Falls. “I asked the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to mandate that a rebate be given back to those residents directly affected by this water shutdown,” Curley said in a release. “They need to give money back to the public for the period of time that water and water service was not provided.” Curley successfully urged the BPU to investigate the June 29 water main break. “It’s not just customers who had to buy water in towns that were under a boil water advisory, it’s also people who lost flower and vegetable gardens and other plantings due to the …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Monmouth County customers still must adhere to odd/even schedule
Friday, July 27, 2012
New Jersey American Water customers in Monmouth County are now free to water their lawns any time of day, although residents are still restricted to an odd/even schedule. The utility lifted restrictions today that had been in place since July 12 limiting outdoor water usage to 5 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Demands on New Jersey American Water's system have stabilized, utility officials said, although they warned that significant increases in water demand could spark stricter guidelines. "A time of day approach was used to allow time for the system to recover between the established demand periods," said Stephen P. Schmitt, vice president of operations. “Our time of day usage monitoring over the past two weeks indicates that demands have …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
New Jersey American Water customers can now use sprinklers for outdoor watering but remain on an odd-even schedule.
Relief is in sight for parched lawns and wilting annuals across Monmouth County with the further easing of outdoor watering restrictions that have been in place since a water main break in June. New Jersey American Water announced Thursday that sprinklers can now be used for watering but the odd-even schedule that was imposed July 8 remains in effect "for the foreseeable future," according to a release. “Temporary repairs at our Swimming River Water Treatment Plant were completed last weekend and over the last few days, our ability to provide water to our customers in Monmouth County has been restored,” said Stephen P. Schmitt, vice president of operations for New Jersey American Water. The odd/even watering schedule entails: • Outdoor …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Excessive heat and increased demand keep restrictions imposed on New Jersey American Water customers in place.
The combination of the recent excessive heat and higher system demands -- despite restrictions in place -- has forced New Jersey American Water to stick with limiting outdoor water use for its customers. According to a release from the water company on Saturday: "In conjunction with NJDEP, we will continue to monitor the system production and key indicators throughout the day to ensure that an incremental approach to lifting restrictions will not jeopardize the outstanding progress we have made with the restoration efforts. But because of the excessive heat and higher system demands, we cannot make a change at this time." A 24-inch main service line to Middletown, which was recently installed and put into service, needs to be monitored for…
Saturday, July 7, 2012
An update from the water company says it will discuss with the DEP an "incremental lift" of outdoor watering restrictions, which have been imposed on customers since last weekend.
Good news for all the browning lawns and wilting hydrangeas in certain parts of Monmouth County: The outdoor watering restrictions that have been imposed upon New Jersey American Water customers since last weekend could begin to be lifted on Saturday. According to an update released by the water company on Friday, with production capacity restored and "transmission capacity to the Middletown zone nearing completion," officials are considering a gradual lifting of restrictions that have left lawns parched since a June 29 water main break in Lincroft. The update, issued by Kevin Watsey, government affairs manager for NJAW, stated that officials "plan to discuss with NJDEP an incremental lift of water use restrictions for NJAW customers …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
New Jersey American Water customers still under strict non-watering mandate.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
After the collapse of three large water pipes on June 29, the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, in consultation with New Jersey American Water (NJAW), have officially lifted the outdoor watering ban today for all non-NJAW customers. However, the mandatory outdoor watering ban remains in effect for all NJAW customers in order to maintain water pressure and supply throughout the lines as repairs continue. “Even though the ban has been lifted for many residents, public safety officials urge everyone to continue conserving water,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said. “We look forward to further progress in the days ahead.” The state of emergency remains in effect for all NJAW customers. The ongoing water emergency means the…
Monday, July 2, 2012
Outdoor watering ban still in effect for entire county.
New Jersey American Water (NJAW) lifted the boil-water advisory for Aberdeen, Highlands, Holmdel and Middletown Monday evening. The four towns were the last required to take precautionary steps after a water main failure at the NJAW treatment facility at Swimming River Reservoir on Friday. The entire county was placed on a boil water advisory Friday evening, which was revised to 22 towns on Saturday and Aberdeen, Highlands, Holmdel and Middletown on Sunday. Water distribution at Middletown High School North ended Monday with the advisory lifted, according to a release issued by Monmouth County. Over 210,000 gallons of water were distributed at both Middletown high schools and Wolf Hill Park in Oceanport, according to NJAW External …