New Jersey American Water Invests $7.9 Million in Union County Infrastructure

CAMDEN, N.J. – FEB. 3, 2023 – New Jersey American Water will replace over three miles of aging water main in Cranford and Linden starting this month. The company will upgrade the aging 4- and 6-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:


  • Orange Avenue from Pacific Avenue to Birch Street
  • Prospect Avenue from Manor Avenue to Riverside Drive
  • Arbor Street/ Sutton Lane from Belmont Avenue to Orange Avenue
  • Sylvester Street from Cranford Avenue to Hamilton Avenue
  • Claremont Place from Henley Avenue to Casino Avenue
  • Casino Avenue from Riverside Drive to Orange Avenue


  • Adams Street from St. Georges Avenue to Caroline Avenue
  • Alexander Avenue from St. Georges Avenue to the dead end
  • Bernard Avenue from St. Georges Avenue to Mildred Avenue
  • Caroline Avenue from Garfield Street to North Park Avenue
  • Garfield Street from St. Georges Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Ingalls Avenue from Alexander Avenue to North Park Avenue
  • McKinley Street from Dill Avenue to Mildred Avenue

The project also includes replacing 22 fire hydrants and 317 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 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 began work this week and expect to be completed within approximately five months, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Linden and 5 p.m. in Cranford, Monday through Friday. Work outside of these hours is not expected unless required to maintain project schedule. Final street restorations will be completed in late summer or early fall of 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 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 approximately 6,500 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 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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