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New Jersey American Water Completes Repairs on 48-inch Transmission Main in Scotch Plains

New Jersey American Water has repaired the 48-inch water transmission main on Portland Ave. in Scotch Plains, which broke early morning on July 31. The company has lifted outdoor watering restrictions on the 17 municipalities in Somerset and Union Counties that are served by the water main.

“New Jersey American Water thanks our customers in Somerset and Union Counties, particularly those in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, for their patience during the repairs and for limiting water use,” said Stephen P. Schmitt, vice president of operations for New Jersey American Water.

Towns impacted under outdoor water use restrictions were:

Clark Township Roselle Borough
Cranford Township Roselle Park Borough
Fanwood Borough Scotch Plains Township
Garwood Borough Union Township
Green Brook Township Warren Township
Hillside Township Watchung Borough
Kenilworth Borough Mountainside Borough
North Plainfield Borough Westfield Township
Plainfield City

New Jersey American Water replaced 18 feet of the damaged pre-stressed concrete main with a section of pipe made from ductile iron. Now that the water main has been placed back into service, some customers may experience discolored water and should run their water until clear.

New Jersey American Water has also lifted restrictions for customers in Watchung and Warren Township who have followed a schedule of odd/even outdoor watering since last month. The peak water demands experienced during the hot and dry weather in July have subsided.

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New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the 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 approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting


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