Friday, January 4, 2013
Company says system is flushing out after work at Roselle station.
Some Warren residents have been complaining of finding hard water deposits on appliances and glassware recently, but New Jersey American Water officials say the problem should be short lived. Acccording to the company's director of communicaitons Peter Eschbach, the minerals in the water causing the problems are the remnants of harder well-water pumped while work was being done on a pump station at Roselle. Eschbach said the "booster station," which pushes water from the company's Millstone treatment plant up the Watchung Mountains, was taken out of service for a period of time for repairs. When the station was off line, some Warren residents received water pumped from wells in Green Brook, which has a much higher mineral level than the …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Prepare for traffic problems on Mountain Boulevard.
UPDATE: The Somerset County Road Department announced work on Watchung's water main replacement along Mountain Boulevard will begin this week. On Wednesday, the county's project status list added: "Beginning on or about September 10, 2012 and continuing until approximately November 15, 2012, New Jersey American Water will begin work to replace a water main on a section of Mountain Boulevard, from Brookdale Road to Wetumpka Lane. Construction will begin at 9:00 am and continue until 4:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays. Some Saturday construction may be necessary. Although Mountain Boulevard will not be closed, be prepared that traffic will be reduced to one lane, with alternating traffic directed by the Police Department." The work is expected…
Monday, September 10, 2012
Residents living near Mountain Boulevard find service disrupted Sunday afternoon.
Residents living east of Old Stirling Road near Mountain Boulevard found their water supply being disrupted Sunday, as work crews for New Jersey American Water Company worked to repair a valve on a service line on Mountain Boulevard. "This work was scheduled for Sunday to avoiding impacting the medical office building nearby," NJ American Water Spokesman Richard Barnes said. He added the company placed notices on many houses near the work area on Friday. "While we shut down that section of water main, there may have been fluctuations in water pressure for some customers," he said. All work related to the replacement was done Sunday.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Deputy mayor says any presence of the chemical PFOA is too much—and recent studies say he may be right.
After meeting with officials from New Jersey American Water Company in July, Deputy Mayor Vic Sordillo wanted to know more about what the company knew about a carcinogenic chemical testing showed is present in some of Warren's water supply. The chemical is known as PFOA—Perfluorooctanoic acid—and testing on the company's Canal Road treatment plant in Franklin Township found small levels of the chemical. But Sordillo noted the chemical presents such a long-term health risk, he doesn't think any should be in drinking water supplies. And he is finding a lot of support among scientists studying the chemical and its impacts. PFOA is found in dozens of products around the home—it's used to make non-stick pans and stain-resistant fabrics; it's …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Scotch Plains water main project expected to be finished in two to three days.
New Jersey American Water Co. is asking area residents to go easy on water use for the next few days, as the company replaces a 48-inch water main in Scotch Plains. The pipe burst yesterday and crews have been working in Scotch Plains, along Portland Avenue near Watchung View Place, to replace the line. The compnay estimates it will take 48 to 72 hours to complete the project. The company also says customers throughout the area served by the pipeline—which includes North Plainfield, Warren and Watchung—can expect low water pressure as the work in being completed. The break follows a series of breaks in Green Brook, Watchung and Warren plaguing the area. Company spokesman Richard Barnes said the local lines involved are older, cast iron …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Water to be restored by late afternoon.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
An early morning water main break on Portland and Birch left many Scotch Plains residents without water this morning, and has New Jersey American Water telling Warren residents to expect low pressure as repairs are underway. One resident spoke with New Jersey American Water shortly after 5 a.m. Representatives of NJAW at that time said that repairs would be completed by 4 p.m. After 7:30 a.m., the Fire Department was reporting that the water was "secured" and that they were successfully pumping water from basements. The Fire Dept. was requesting that the gas company evaluate gas lines at that time. Other residents said that helicopters were circling after 7 a.m. Images of the surging waters from the break are showing up on New York …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Facebook page aims to get township officials involved.
Some residents have been noticing white residue on glasses and dishwashers, others complain of skin rashes—all attributed to increased mineral content in the township's water supply. While it's not always unusual for such a change in the water in the spring months, when rain runoff adds to local water sources, this year has been noticeably worse, some say. "Our water has changed for the worse, and we need strength in numbers to make a difference!" the header on a Facebook page devoted to solving the problem says. "Over the years there has been an increase in the hardness of the water, especially around springtime (May)—this year, there is a very noticeable difference in the water quality over the last six weeks where even the use of a …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Mountain Boulevard line service interrupted for about 12 hours.
A 12-inch iron pipe carrying water service for several hundered Warren residents broke early Sunday morning, leaving several hundered households without water for nearly 12 hours. Accoding to New Jersey American Water spokeman Richard Barnes said the company doesn't know the exact cause of the break that occurred at about 4 a.m. Sunday, but such incidents aren't unusual in the winter as the ground shifts from freezing and thawing spells. "February is generally the month in which we experience the most main breaks due to the soil shifting during freeze/thaw conditions," he said. "We're still analyzing data from yesterday's main break." Age may be another factor—Barnes said about 15 percent of the company's nearly 9,000 miles of water pipes …