Middlesex Water Company Announces $11.1 Million Project To Upgrade Water Mains in Carteret and Port Reading
Under this annual initiative known as RENEW, Middlesex intends to replace 26,000 linear feet of water main, as well as service lines, valves and fire hydrants. Concurrently, Middlesex will be implementing its “Knocking Out Lead” program to remove any lead or galvanized steel service lines it encounters. While treated water delivered by Middlesex to customers is lead free, as water travels through a lead service line, the corrosion of a pipe can add lead into the treated water delivered to customers.
“We’re excited to be integrating our Knocking Out Lead effort with our RENEW Program,” said
The following Carteret streets are included in the project work area:
The following Port Reading streets are included in the project work area:
More specific details related to the project scope and continually updated schedules will be posted at www.waterfortomorrowmwc.com/renew. Customers are invited to learn more about our lead initiative at https://www.middlesexwater.com/customer-care/get-the-lead-out/
Our 2023 RENEW Program is expected to take 8-9 months to complete with road, sidewalk and lawn restoration to follow as weather conditions allow in the spring of 2024. While the Company strives to minimize the impact of our work on traffic, residents may observe some traffic disruption as the roadway is trenched to accommodate the installation of a new water main. There will also be excavations when the service lines to each individual building structure are connected to the new mains. This will impact traffic flow, but on a smaller scale. Affected customers will receive additional details about the project in advance of the temporary service interruption. Residents can expect unimpeded access to their homes as crews work to replace and install the new mains, water service lines and meter pits. Crews may revisit streets multiple times to complete all facets of the work. We value the safety of our crews and customers and advise drivers and pedestrians to practice caution in the areas where work is underway.
The project also includes the installation of exterior below ground meter pits to eventually house water meters at each customer’s premise. The company’s long-term plan is to relocate meters from inside the home to exterior meter pits for greater customer convenience and safety. The actual relocation of the meter will occur when the customer’s meter is regularly scheduled for testing.
Customers affected by RENEW can expect to be without water service for a period of 6-8 hours as their water service line is transferred from the old water main to the new main. Customers will be notified of the expected timing of this transfer in advance through phone calls and door hangers.
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Source: Middlesex Water Company