NJAWC evaluating stability of fix before lifting outwater use restrictions

Connecticut engineering firm will determine the cause of the failure

Photo credit: New Jersey American Water Company

New Jersey America Water Company announced today that the “temporary fix” of water mains at the Swimming River Water Treatment Plant have been completed, they “hope.”  The company is evaluating the stability of the system before lifting the ban on outdoor water usage for the company’s Monmouth County customers.  They hope to be able to lift the outdoor water use ban in the near future.

The company’s statement said that the 24 inch water main pictured to the left is sending 12,000 gallons per day of treated water to Middletown.

Peter Escbach, NJAWC’s spokesperson, told the Asbury Park Press that confidential company reports indicated that the two evalutions of the site following Tropical Storm Irene, one by the company and another by an independent contractor, showed that the bridge and water mains that failed last week continued to meet manufacturers standards despite the slight movenment of the pipes and damage to the bridge caused by the August 2011 storm.

Ocean and Coastal Consultants Inc. of Trumbull, Connecticut has been hired by NJAWC to determine the cause of the major infrastructure failure.


Posted: July 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey American Water, NJAWC | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “NJAWC evaluating stability of fix before lifting outwater use restrictions”

  1. Fix it tbe right way, not cheap way said at 9:33 pm on July 7th, 2012:

    How long for a permanent fix? Had best put underground. Looks terrible above ground and tbe wooden bridge is not adequate obviously, regardless of what they say. Water pipes belong underground, fix it properly, they charge us enough, reduce your profits, do the job properly. It should be demanded, go underground with the pipes

  2. Tom Stokes said at 8:25 am on July 8th, 2012:

    Obviously the confidential reports were flawed.

    I trust that the first consultant has a professional liability policy. Not one penny should go towards this from the ratepayers.

  3. Tr said at 11:34 am on July 8th, 2012:

    It can not go underground where it crosses a river. Idiot.

  4. Steve said at 5:26 pm on July 8th, 2012:

    Tr…you must be a spokeperson for NJAWC…get the facts before you call others idiots


  5. Underground a must said at 8:05 pm on July 9th, 2012:

    Steve is correct and they can also put inderground along side the roadway.
    It must be done properly and out of sight.
    It use to be a pleasant view of tbe Reservoir,
    Now ruined with that ugly wooden bridge for huge pipes that fell apart. Underground a no-
    Brainer. Under water a shorter span than underground along roadway.