Monday, November 23, 2015

City: water valve failure complicates repair, urges conservation

City of Hoboken announces:

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Monday November 23, 2015

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Alert: FULL WATER SERVICE RESTORATION IN HOBOKEN DELAYED DUE TO ADDITIONAL BREAK; RESIDENTS URGED TO CONSERVE WATER

Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

After working to isolate a water main break on a transmission line in southwest Hoboken on Sunday that led to widespread water pressure loss throughout the city, an additional 36 inch valve failed last night and disrupted a transmission main which feeds water from Jersey City into Hoboken. This has further delayed full repairs to our water system. The City of Hoboken purchases its water from Jersey City, and it normally flows into Hoboken through large transmission mains.

Excavation of the site was completed overnight and highly specialized equipment will be used to conduct this repair.

Repairing the valve is a complex procedure, due to its size and location underground, and could take several days. As a result, the City of Hoboken will have lower water pressure than usual, and residents, especially those on higher floors, should expect to have lower water pressure, discolored water, or at times no water while repairs are ongoing and as water demand changes throughout the day. The discoloration is caused by high levels of naturally occurring minerals in the water and a buildup of harmless sediment in the water mains.

DELAYS/COMPLICATED WATER RESTORATION
Until the Jersey City valve can be repaired, water at the site of the break will continue to flow from underground. After repairing the valve in Jersey City, only then will Suez Water (formerly known as United Water) be able to conduct an assessment and make repairs in Hoboken. Delays for full restoration could potentially last through Thanksgiving. We will provide an update tomorrow regarding timing as we know more about the repairs.

WATER CONSERVATION ADVISORY
In order to lessen demand on the system, residents throughout Hoboken and Hudson County are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible or consider changing schedules to use less water during peak hours in the morning and evening.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY
The boil water advisory remains in effect for the City of Hoboken until further notice. Residents should continue to boil their water for one minute for consumptive purposes. This includes drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, etc. Water does not need to be boiled for washing clothes or dishes. It is important that residents continue to boil water until further notice.

WATER TRUCKS
Water trucks with clean drinking water are available at 333 River Street, the intersection of Newark Street and Adams Street, Hoboken High School (900 Clinton Street), Fox Hill Gardens (311 13th Street), and 14th Street and Sinatra Drive.

PUBLIC SAFETY
The Hoboken Fire Department is fully operational and has the necessary resources to address any emergencies that may occur.

TRAFFIC AND STREET CLOSURES
Residents are also urged to use public transportation as the City of Hoboken has diverted traffic from the area. Drivers are urged to enter and exit Hoboken through the north due to several street closures in southwest Hoboken. Observer Highway is closed west of Henderson Street to Jersey Avenue, and Harrison Street is closed from Paterson Avenue to Newark Street. Jackson Street is also closed from Newark Street to Paterson Avenue.