Jersey City and Hoboken to get tapwater from different site through Nov. 20
JERSEY CITY AND HOBOKEN – Until approximately Tuesday, Nov. 20, United Water will close the Jersey City aqueduct. During this time United Water customers in Jersey City and Hoboken will receive their water supply from the Passaic Valley Water Commission, the North Jersey District Water Supply, and the Newark Water Department.
The company will inspect and perform maintenance on parts of the 100-year old tunnel system. In addition, maintenance and improvements will be made at the city's water treatment plant in Boonton. “This work is part of routine maintenance that is typically performed every two to three years and will help us to ensure water quality and service reliability,” said John Hroncich, an operations manager for United Water in Jersey City.
Customers may experience discolored water at the beginning and end of the shutdown. This is a buildup of minerals in the water mains. It is recommended that customers let their water run clear before using it for drinking, cooking, or washing clothes and dishes. United Water crews will also flush the system to remove and minimize discoloration.
The project, which was originally set to begin in earlier this month, was rescheduled while maintenance work was completed on an interconnection that will provide customers with an alternate water source while the aqueduct is shut down.
“We want to ensure that our customers have a reliable source of supply of water while we perform necessary maintenance,” said Hroncich. “In preparation for the inspection, a leak was discovered on the Newark Water Department pipeline which will be used to provide temporary water service to our customers. Now that Newark has repaired the leak, we can proceed.”
For more information about the shutdown, call the customer service center at (800) 575-4433 or visit unitedwater.com.
American brewmaster’s family to be honored in UC
UNION CITY – Union City will honor the Bermes family with a historic marker on Sat., Oct. 27 at noon at 44th Street and Park Avenue.
Daniel Bermes emigrated to Union Hill (now Union City) in 1848 at the age of 24 from Hessen-Darmstadt to escape the revolutions in Germany. In 1851, he established the brewery which covered 42 acres, bounded by the area between 44th and 45th streets, Park Avenue, and Hudson Avenue.
The plant was an architectural work of art, and was supervised by brew master Frederick Schimper, who was assisted by his brother Carl Schimper. The beer received a gold medal for its superiority. The site included a brewing building, office building, ice houses, refrigeration houses, malt house, artesian well, and stables with 65 horses and 36 delivery wagons.