New Jersey American Water’s $10 million investment project in Middletown, which begins this week, will upgrade the aging cast-iron water lines that were installed as far back as the 1930s with new ductile iron main, the Camden-based utility announced Oct. 7.
The work is part of the company’s multimillion-dollar initiative to improve the water infrastructure in more than 100 communities across the state.
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Portions of the following streets will be affected:
The work will be done by NJ American Water contractor Perna Finnigan and is expected to be completed in about a year, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Final street restorations will be completed in fall of 2023. Residents should expect some traffic disruptions.
The project will also replace 20 fire hydrants, 250 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route as well as any customer-owned service line that has been identified as lead or galvanized as part of a statewide initiative to remove all such service lines by 2031, the company said.
In August, the utility announced a slight rate increase for customers, effective Sept. 1. The company filed a rate request Jan. 14 after it invested more than $985 million in similar infrastructure in treatment system and distribution upgrades since its last rate filing."