New Jersey American Water Invests $1.7 Million in Union County Infrastructure

CAMDEN, N.J. – MARCH 24, 2022 – New Jersey American Water will replace approximately 3,720 feet of aging water main in Berkeley Heights, Linden, and Summit starting this week. The project also includes replacing eight fire hydrants and 65 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. The company will replace the aging 6- and 8-inch cast iron water lines that were installed as far back as the 1920s with new 8- and 12-inch ductile iron main along the following streets:

  • Hamilton Avenue, Berkeley Heights from Snyder Avenue to Franklin Court
  • Yale Terrace, Linden from Wood Avenue to Dewitt Terrace
  • Shunpike Road, Summit from Morris Avenue to Harvard Street
  • Harvard Street, Summit from Shunpike Road to Orchard Street

This $1.7 million investment will continue to advance water service reliability and increase water flows for household consumption and fire protection in this community. 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.  

New Jersey American Water’s local, qualified contractors, J. Fletcher Creamers & Son, Ernest Renda Contracting, and CRJ Contracting, began work this week and expect to be completed within approximately one to two months, weather permitting. Work will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work outside of these hours is not expected unless required to maintain project schedule. Final street restorations will be completed in summer of 2022.

Project timelines are subject to change due to a variety of factors including weather and availability of supplies. New Jersey American Water encourages customers to sign up for alerts through their MyWater account and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter to receive project updates.

For the public’s and workers’ safety, traffic restrictions and/or alternating traffic patterns are likely to occur during work hours. All emergency vehicles and local traffic will be allowed access during construction. New Jersey American Water values the safety of its workers and advises drivers and pedestrians to take caution in the vicinity of work sites.

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Erin Banes

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