New Jersey American Water Invests $8.75 Million in Union County Infrastructure

CAMDEN, N.J. – JULY 11, 2022 – New Jersey American Water will replace over four miles of aging water main in Plainfield, Roselle, Summit and Union Township starting this month. The company will upgrade the aging cast iron water lines that were installed as far back as the 1890s with new 8-,12- and 16-inch ductile iron main along the following streets:


  • Albert Street from Myrtle Avenue to West Front Street
  • Emma Street entire length
  • Lee Place from South Second Street to West Fourth Street
  • Mariners Place entire length
  • Rushmore Avenue from South Second Street to West Third Street
  • South Second Street from Rock Avenue to Clinton Road


  • Colonial Road entire length
  • Drake Avenue from East Second Avenue to East Sixth Avenue
  • Independence Drive entire length
  • Wheatsheaf Road from Grace Street to West Sixth Avenue


  • Morris Avenue from River Road to Kent Place Boulevard


  • Green Lane from Magie Avenue to Morris Avenue

The project also includes replacing 36 fire hydrants and 373 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 $8.75 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, Vollers Construction, CRJ Contracting, Inc. and J. F. Creamer & Son, Inc. began work last week and expect to be completed within approximately five months in Plainfield, six months in Roselle, and three months in Summit and Union, weather permitting. Work will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5:30 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 2022 in Summit and Union and in spring 2023 in Plainfield and Roselle.

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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