New Jersey American Water Invests $1.7 Million in West Orange Infrastructure
CAMDEN, N.J. – JAN. 7, 2022 – New Jersey American Water will replace approximately 4,200 feet of aging water main in West Orange starting this week. The project also includes replacing six fire hydrants and 13 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. The company will upgrade the aging 4- and 6-inch cast iron water lines that were as far back as the 1890s with new 12-inch ductile iron main along the following streets:
- Gaston Street from Mt Pleasant Avenue to Lindsley Avenue
- Walker Road from Northfield Avenue to Undercliff Terrace South
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 contractor, Montana Construction, Inc. will begin work this week and expects to be completed within approximately two months, weather permitting. Work hours will be during the day on Walker Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at night on Gaston Street from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. both Monday through Friday. Work outside of these hours is not expected unless required to maintain project schedule. Final street restorations will be completed in spring and 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/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com 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 an estimated 14 million people in 25 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Specialist, External Affairs