Hoboken keeps on springing leaks

But Veolia, the water service provider, says the breaks are isolated

In the aftermath of the most recent Hoboken water main break, officials say their long-term effort is to work with Veolia, the service provider, to try to minimize breaks in the city’s 100 year old system of water pipes.

“The city is working with our partners at Veolia to reduce the frequency of water main breaks and to make comprehensive upgrades to the century old infrastructure on an annual basis,” said Marilyn Baer, spokesperson for Hoboken. “We appreciate residents’ patience as we continue our progress and move forward with replacing 11 blocks of water mains next year.”

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Water was seen flooding down the streets of Observer Highway and Garden Street on Nov. 24 due to a series of pipe ruptures, lowering water pressure, according to crew members working on the site.

“We have a lot of old infrastructure in Hoboken,” said Chris Halleron, the director of communications at Veolia North America. “And when there are temperature fluctuations, it makes subtle shifts in the ground that causes these veins [pipes] to break.” 

Earlier the morning of Nov. 28 around 7:15 a.m., an 8-inch diameter water main located on 9th Street between Madison and Monroe burst, impacting the adjacent residents and businesses, according to a tweet put out by the company.

“It’s isolated, we’re just making repairs to it,” said Halleron. Last Saturday, repairs were made as a secondary leak had developed on Park Avenue between 6th and 7th streets.

He said residents on the block may experience loss of water pressure/service.

Updates on the recovery efforts of the pipeline will be provided on Twitter according to Veolia Water NJ.

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Jordan Coll, Staff Writer
Jordan Coll, Staff Writer
Jordan Coll, is a journalist who currently lives in Jersey City. He graduated with a degree in journalism at Florida International University and is pursuing his masters at Columbia University School of Journalism.
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