New Jersey American Water Invests Over $10 Million in Lakewood Infrastructure

CAMDEN, N.J. – JAN. 18, 2022 – New Jersey American Water will replace nearly five miles of aging water main in Lakewood starting next week. The project also includes replacing 39 fire hydrants and 215 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. The company will upgrade the aging 6- and 8-inch cast iron water lines that were installed in the 1960s with new 12-inch ductile iron main along the following streets:

  • Route 9 from Locust Street to West Kennedy Boulevard
  • Main Street from Route 9 to Clifton Avenue

“This pipeline is a critical piece of infrastructure that supplies water directly to thousands of customers in Lakewood,” said Carmen Tierno, Senior Director Operations for New Jersey American Water’s Coastal Region. “Replacing these water mains will improve the delivery of water service to our customers and will strengthen our system for future reliability.”

This $10 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, CRJ Contracting, Inc. will begin work on or about January 23 and expects to be completed within approximately one year, weather permitting. Work hours will be at night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Work outside of these hours is not expected unless required to maintain project schedule. Final street restorations will be completed in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

“We have been working directly with Lakewood Township officials and the New Department of Transportation to upgrade this important section of water main prior to the upcoming paving of this roadway,” said Tierno.

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. Updates for this project will also be posted on the company’s Alerts page at

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. Information regarding anticipated detours will be posted on the company’s Alerts page. 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 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 and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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