Bridge collapse, water main break, reduces water for 55,000 Monmouth residents

Photo credit: Holmdel-Hazlet Patch

A “major infrastructure failure” at the Swimming River Water Treatment Plant in the Lincroft section of Middletown has shut the water off for 3,000 Holmdel residences and closed Brookdale Community College until further notice.

Holmdel-Hazlet Patch was the first to report the story, scooping the Asbury Park Press pay site by an hour.

A statement from New Jersey American Water Company that was emailed by the Borough of Tinton Falls to its residents and forwarded to MMM by a reader states that the failure includes the loss of two transmission mains leaving the plant and well as the raw water main coming into the plant.  New Jersey American Water customers in Monmouth County may be experiencing low water pressure or no pressure at this time.

Photo credit: lostcreekquarnberg blog

Residents of Middletown, Holmdel, Aberdeen, Highlands, Seabright, Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Oceanport, Shrewsbury Township and Borough, Tinton Falls and Long Branch are requested to limit all non-essential water use while NJAW works to restore service.

Save water, shower with friends.

UPDATE  4:32

Middletown Township sent out an automated phone call at 4:30 to residents and businesses announcing that all outdoor water usage is restricted.



Posted: June 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Bridge collapse, water main break, reduces water for 55,000 Monmouth residents”

  1. Mlaffey said at 5:49 pm on June 29th, 2012:

    I live about a quarter mile from where this happened. These water mains were held up by a bridge.This bridge was damaged in tropical storm Irene almost 1 year ago. NO work has been done to repair the bridge in the last year. This mess was avoidable and someone should be held accountable.

  2. Tom Stokes said at 7:09 pm on June 29th, 2012:

    Will NJAW provide cases of bottled water as it has done in the past?

    Inquiring minds would like to know….

  3. SFlorence said at 8:01 am on June 30th, 2012:

    Mlaffey is right on – every day we’ve driven past this damaged area and wondered why nothing was being done to repair it. Neglect is expensive, and now we’re all paying for it.