American Water’s New Jersey subsidiary is rehabilitating 13,000 feet of water main in Garwood to improve reliability and increase water flows for customers and for firefighting.


Image: Water infrastructure. Photo: Courtesy of Griszka Niewiadomski/

The approximately $3m cleaning and lining project has already begun and is expected to be completed by early December.

Cleaning and lining is the process of removing sediment from inside the water main, then lining the inner surface of the main with a cement sealant.

This procedure significantly improves the structural integrity of the pipe and extends its useful life by decades. This project will also improve reliability of water service, water quality and fire flows in the area.

New Jersey American Water’s local qualified contractor J. Fletcher Creamer & Sons, have already begun the work and is expected to be completed by early December. Crews are doing this cleaning and lining project the following streets: Center Street, Spruce Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, New Street, Beech Avenue, Locust Avenue, Pine Avenue, Hazel Avenue, Hickory Avenue, East Street and Oak Street.

Work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and some Saturdays. Work outside these hours is not expected unless required to maintain project schedule. Weather permitting, Final street restorations will be completed by the end of 2018.

These water main improvements are part of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion dollar program to accelerate the renewal of water infrastructure that is reaching the end of its useful life in more than 100 communities across the state.

For the public’s and workers’ safety, traffic restrictions and/or alternating traffic patterns a re likely to occur during work hours. All emergency vehicles and local traffic will be allowed access during construction. New Jersey American Water values the safety of its workers and advises drivers and pedestrians to take caution in the vicinity of work sites.

Source: Company Press Release