BAY HEAD — New Jersey American Water will replace approximately 3,000 feet of aging water mains in Bay Head starting this week.
The company will upgrade the aging six-inch water lines that were installed as far back as the 1930s with new 12-inch ductile iron main along portions of Bridge Avenue from Bay Avenue to Route 35.
The project also includes replacing fire hydrants and utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. Additionally, New Jersey American Water will replace any customer-owned service line that has been identified as lead or galvanized as part of a statewide initiative to remove all lead and galvanized service lines by 2031.
This $800,000 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.
Borough Administrator Frank Pannucci said to The Ocean Star on Wednesday, “This is necessary work being done by NJ American Water to replace what is believed to be the original water main. This is being done now to give the ‘fill’ around the new water main ample time to settle before the County comes in this spring with heavy equipment to pave and construct drainage improvements on Bridge Avenue.”
He further said the work should be finished by mid-December and New Jersey American Water will not be closing down Bridge Avenue for this work but alternate lanes of traffic with traffic control will be instituted for whatever section of the road they are working at.
He also said this won’t affect Bay Head’s Annual Christmas Walk on Dec. 1. “New Jersey American Water will have all equipment, well points and openings removed or secured for that event.”
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