New Jersey American Water Invests $2.6 Million in Ocean City Infrastructure

CAMDEN, N.J. – FEB. 12, 2021 – New Jersey American Water will replace approximately 7,400 feet of aging water main in Ocean City starting next week. The project also includes replacing eight fire hydrants and 410 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. The company will upgrade the aging water lines, installed as far back as the 1920’s, with new, 8- and 12-inch PVC and ductile iron main along the following streets:

  • West Avenue from 26th Street to 31st Street
  • 29th Street from West Avenue to Asbury Avenue
  • Asbury Avenue from 34th Street to 39th Street
  • 38th Street from West Avenue to Central Avenue
  • 39th Street from West Avenue to Central Avenue

This $2.6 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, Pioneer Pipe Contractors Inc. and Perna Finnigan Inc. will begin work on or about February 15 and expect to finish by the end of June, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, shifting to 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday starting March 15 on Asbury Avenue, 38th Street and 39th Street. Work outside of these hours is not expected unless required to maintain project schedule. Final street restorations will be completed by Ocean City.

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.

The company wants to ask customers to recognize the essential work being done by its employees and contractors and remind them to adhere to social distancing rules for everyone’s safety. If a customer sees a crew performing work in their area, and wishes to ask a question about it, they are encouraged to visit the website or the company’s Facebook or Twitter pages, or call Customer Service at (800) 272-1325.

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 and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Erin Banes

Specialist, External Affairs