New Jersey American Water Completes Emergency Water Main Repairs
July 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM EDT
Crews completed repairs last night on a leaking 60-inch water transmission main that distributes water to more than 55,000 customers. Since the leak surfaced late last week, New Jersey American Water has made preparations to repair the 60-inch water main which lies 14 feet underground and immediately adjacent to the Royce Brook in Manville. As New Jersey American Water began work Tuesday evening to unearth the source of the leak, customers in 18 municipalities in four counties were asked to conserve water and curtail outdoor water use for 24 hours.
“Our preliminary investigation efforts were constrained by difficult site conditions and safety concerns related to the depth of this high pressure main and its proximity to the Royce Brook. As such, our repair plan had several contingencies based on what we found once the main was depressurized and the excavation dewatered,” said Stephen P. Schmitt, vice president of operations at New Jersey American Water. “As our repair plan progressed the leak was identified on an 8”steel flange on the main and the repairs were successfully completed overnight. New Jersey American Water appreciates its customer for their cooperation in conserving water during the repair period.”
With repairs complete customers may resume normal water use.
Municipalities under the outdoor water use curtail were:
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 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.