New Jersey American Water Invests $7.9 Million in Monmouth and Ocean County Infrastructure

CAMDEN, N.J. – JUNE 16, 2022 – New Jersey American Water will replace over four miles of aging water main in Neptune Township, Long Branch and Lakewood, starting this month. The company will upgrade the aging cement and cast-iron water lines that were installed as far back as the 1920s with new 8-,12- and 16-inch ductile iron main along the following streets:


  • Atkins Avenue from Fifth Avenue to Corlies Avenue
  • Memorial Drive from Corlies Avenue to Sixth Avenue
  • Myrtle Avenue from West Lake Avenue to Corlies Avenue

Long Branch

  • Cottage Avenue entire length
  • Fairfield Avenue entire length
  • Jersey Avenue entire length
  • Lake Avenue from Woodgate Avenue to the dead end
  • Oakley Avenue entire length
  • Van Court Avenue from Cedar Avenue to Elinore Avenue
  • Woodgate Avenue from Cedar Avenue to Lake Avenue
  • Yorke Avenue entire length


  • Ardenwood Avenue entire length
  • Cedarview Avenue from West County Line Road to 14th Street
  • Fernwood Avenue from Georgian Terrace to 14th Street
  • Heathwood Avenue from West County Line Road to 14th Street
  • Oakwood Avenue entire length
  • Pinemere Avenue entire length
  • Prospect Street from Havenwood Court to Summer Avenue

The project also includes replacing 14 fire hydrants and 305 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. Additionally, New Jersey American Water will replace any customer-owned service line that has been identified as lead or galvanized as part of a statewide initiative to remove all lead and galvanized service lines by 2031.

This $7.9 million investment will continue to advance water service reliability and increase water flows for household consumption and fire protection in these communities. 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, Perna Finnigan, Inc. Montana Construction, Inc. and J.F. Kiely Construction, Inc. began work this month and expect to be completed within approximately two months in Lakewood and three months in the remaining towns, weather permitting. Work hours will be at night on Prospect Street in Lakewood from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and during the day on all other streets in Lakewood, Long Branch, and Neptune from 7:30 a.m. to 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 fall of 2022 for all streets except Prospect Street in Lakewood, which will be restored by the county in 2023.

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 publics 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 American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Erin Banes

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