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November, 2015

Suez Water Repairing Water Main on Monroe Street

11:30AM Update: Water service has been restored. Road restoration work is underway.

Crews from Suez Water have shut down a broken 8″ water main on Monroe Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street and begun repairs, which are expected to be completed by this afternoon. A boil advisory is not in effect. Customers on the block of Monroe Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street will be without water service during repairs. Monroe Street is closed to vehicular traffic between 1st Street and 2nd Street.

Water Service Fully Restored to Hoboken; Roads in Southwest Hoboken Reopened

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Water service has been fully restored to the entire City of Hoboken, and roads in southwest Hoboken have been reopened to traffic. The water supply has been tested and is safe for consumption. There may be discoloration of the water for a short time, but there is no boil water advisory for Hoboken. Water pressure has been restored to normal levels.

“First and foremost, thank you to all Hoboken residents for your patience while SUEZ Water worked around the clock to restore full water service and repair the roads,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thank you very much to Chief Ferrante and the Hoboken Police Department, Chief Peskens and the Hoboken Fire Department, Tommy Molta, Joel Mestre and the Office of Emergency Management, Hoboken CERT Team, Hoboken Health Department, Hudson County and Jersey City Offices of Emergency Management, Union City Police Department, New Jersey Transit Police Department, Port Authority Police Department, Stevens Police Department, and the NJ Tanker Task Force for ensuring our community was safe during the repairs to our water system. Thank you also to County Executive DeGise, Hudson County and the mayors and municipalities of Jersey City, Union City, Weehawken, Bayonne and Secaucus for providing critical water resources to our City, and finally to the NJ DEP, PSE&G, North Hudson Sewage Authority, Hoboken University Medical Center, Hoboken Housing Authority, and emergency crews from SUEZ for coordinating response efforts. Thank you to Vijay Chaudhuri and Juan Melli for providing regular updates to our community.”

Hoboken is now receiving its full water supply through the repaired water main via Jersey City and is no longer receiving water through the backup Weehawken connection.

SUEZ WATER REPLACES BROKEN WATER MAIN IN HOBOKEN; TEMPORARY ROAD RESTORATION UNDERWAY

This morning, SUEZ Water emergency crews finished replacing the broken water main in Hoboken with a new 24 inch pipe. Testing is currently underway to ensure the stability of the repaired connection. Temporary restoration of the roads affected by the water main break has begun, and should be completed by Sunday night. Roads will remain closed in southwest Hoboken until the temporary road restoration is complete.

Hoboken continues to successfully receive water from SUEZ through the backup Weehawken transmission line. The water source to Hoboken could be switched back to the Jersey City connection later this weekend once the stability of the repaired connection is confirmed.

Restaurants and businesses in Hoboken remain open for business and are fully operational.

TRAFFIC AND STREET CLOSURES
Temporary road repairs have begun and should be completed by Sunday night. This will allow for traffic to normally flow on streets in southwest Hoboken. Until the temporary road restoration is complete, street closures in southwest Hoboken will continue. Full milling and paving of the affected streets will occur at a later date.

Residents should continue to avoid streets in southwest Hoboken, and are encouraged to use public transportation or enter and exit Hoboken through the north. Observer Highway will continue to be 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.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED
As a reminder, the boil water advisory has been lifted as of Tuesday afternoon in Hoboken.

CLEANUP IN SOUTHWEST HOBOKEN
The Hoboken Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management will continue clearing excess debris from the roads and sidewalks in southwest Hoboken affected by the water main break. There is no longer excess water from flooding in the area.

WATER TRUCKS
The water trucks are no longer located in Hoboken but are available to return if needed.

Update from SUEZ Water

SUEZ emergency crews restored full system pressures to residents and businesses in the Newport area of Jersey City last night after completing the installation of a new, 36-inch valve in the area of Newark and Harrison Streets in Jersey City/Hoboken and opening valves throughout the City.

Residents can expect to see SUEZ emergency crews in the area of Newark and Harrison Streets for the next few days as work continues on repairing a 36 inch water main that brings water from Jersey City into Hoboken. SUEZ is currently providing water service to Hoboken temporarily through an interconnection in Weehawken. The company continues to ask customers to conserve water for the next several days, so that adequate pressure can be maintained throughout the distribution system.

SUEZ WATER INSTALLING NEW VALVE IN JERSEY CITY; REPAIRS TO HOBOKEN WATER MAIN BEGIN; HOBOKEN REMAINS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

SUEZ Water emergency crews have made significant progress in Jersey City on repairing a broken water valve in Jersey City, and are currently installing a new 36-inch valve. As a result, SUEZ Water has begun the repairs on the broken Hoboken water main this afternoon. This broken water main in Hoboken will be replaced with a new resilient 24 inch water main.

Hoboken has continued to successfully receive water supplies from SUEZ through the Weehawken transmission line since Sunday evening. Water pressure through this backup system remains strong in Hoboken. Once repairs on the broken water main in Hoboken are complete and a determination has been made that the connection through Jersey City is stable, Hoboken’s water source will be switched back through Jersey City. This will not occur until after Thanksgiving.

Restaurants and businesses in Hoboken remain open for business and are fully operational. Many will be open for the Thanksgiving holiday for those residents remaining in Hoboken. Hoboken continues to operate without a boil advisory water, but residents are urged to continue water conservation.

TIMELINE OF FULL RESTORATION

The new valve in Jersey City is currently being installed. As a result, the repairs to the Hoboken water main have begun and could be completed by tomorrow night.

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: Valve and water mains in Hoboken and Jersey City to be repaired
Friday/Saturday: Temporary road restoration for affected roads in southwest Hoboken
Saturday/Sunday: Switch over to Jersey City water supply in Hoboken

TRAFFIC AND STREET CLOSURES
Until the Hoboken water main is fully repaired and the switch to the Jersey City system is complete, street closures in southwest Hoboken will continue. Once the water main in Hoboken is repaired, temporary road repairs will be installed on the street on Friday or Saturday to allow for traffic to flow on the streets around the water main break in southwest Hoboken. Full milling and paving of the affected streets will occur at a later date, in addition to the repaving of Observer Highway.

Residents should continue to use public transportation or enter and exit Hoboken through the north. Observer Highway will continue to be 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. Any resident that will be departing Hoboken for the Thanksgiving holiday is highly recommended to depart before or after the rush hour between 4 pm and 8 pm.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED
As a reminder, the boil water advisory has been lifted as of Tuesday afternoon in Hoboken after the NJ DEP and SUEZ Water officially advised that the water in the City is safe for consumption.

WATER PRESSURE/WATER CONSERVATION
The water pressure throughout the Hoboken system as it receives water through Weehawken has increased from Monday, and has stabilized.

FLOODING
Thanks to the progress of the valve repairs in Jersey City, water flow through the broken Hoboken water main in southwest Hoboken has subsided. Excess water is being removed from the streets and sidewalks, and the Hoboken Fire Department has been clearing the area of excess debris. North Hudson Sewage Authority has cleared the catch basins and the sewers can once again handle normal water flow.

WATER TRUCKS
With the boil water advisory lifted and residents having access to water through Thanksgiving, water tanks will no longer be stationed in Hoboken. The trucks will be available to return if needed.

UPDATE FROM SUEZ WATER

SUEZ emergency crews gained a foothold on restoring full system pressures to residents and businesses throughout Hoboken and Jersey City by stopping the flow of water being discharged from a 36-inch diameter broken valve at Newark and Harrison Streets in Hoboken at approximately 3:45 am this morning. Construction crews have taken over and are installing a new 36-inch valve.

As a reminder, in order to lessen demand on the system while Hoboken continues to temporarily receive its water through SUEZ via an interconnection in Weehawken, the water conservation advisory continues for residents in both cities. Residents are urged to use water only when necessary, so that pressure can be maintained for fire fighting purposes.

As a reminder, the boil water advisory has been temporarily lifted in Hoboken as of Tuesday afternoon.

SUEZ WATER CONTINUING REPAIR ON WATER VALVE IN JERSEY CITY; BOIL WATER ADVISORY TEMPORARILY LIFTED; HOBOKEN OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Hoboken is now successfully receiving water supplies from the Weehawken transmission line until the water break in Hoboken can be fully repaired. Thanks to residents’ continued conservation efforts, many residential buildings throughout the City have been able to have water during peak periods, and restaurants and businesses are open, fully operational, and ready for business. The boil water advisory was lifted today by the New Jersey State DEP.

While work continues on the Jersey City valve and then on the Hoboken break, Hoboken is operational thanks to a redundant system that provides water from Weehawken. The following provides a full update on the situation:

UPDATE ON REPAIRS:
SUEZ Water continues repairs to fix a broken water valve in Jersey City that failed on Sunday night. The complex line stop repair conducted last night to stop the flow of water into the transmission main was unsuccessful. However SUEZ is actively working on an alternative to reduce pressure in the system near the aqueduct in Jersey City. Once the repair is made to the broken water valve in Jersey City the water main break in southwest Hoboken will be repaired as soon as possible. Full water restoration once the main transmission line in Southwest Hoboken is fixed could still take several additional days.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY
The boil water advisory has been temporarily lifted in Hoboken after the Department of Environmental Protection and SUEZ Water officially advised that the water in the City is safe for consumption. Hoboken was required to enact a boil water advisory because the system became depressurized during the water main break to make sure no contaminants had inadvertently entered the system. However, residents are strongly advised to check for updates throughout the next several days as the boil water advisory may again be enacted. Once Hoboken receives water from Jersey City after the water main in Hoboken is fixed, there may be a period of time where the DEP will require another precautionary boil water advisory to ensure no contamination entered the drinking water from the repair activity.

WATER PRESSURE IN HOBOKEN
Since Hoboken normally purchases its water from Jersey City, Hoboken has been temporarily receiving water through SUEZ Water in Weehawken until the full repairs are made. Water pressure throughout the Hoboken system has increased from yesterday, although some residents may continue to have lower water pressure than usual, especially during peak usage periods. Some residents on higher floors in larger buildings may still be experiencing lower water pressure or at times no water while repairs are continuing. Conservation during peak periods or changing one’s schedule to use water during off peak periods can make a significant difference.

WATER CONSERVATION ADVISORY
In order to lessen demand on the system while Hoboken temporarily receives its water through SUEZ Water in Weehawken, a water conservation advisory will continue for residents in Hoboken and Hudson County. Residents are urged to conserve water whenever possible, epecially during peak periods or consider changing schedules to use less water during peak hours in the morning and evening.

FLOODING
Flooding in the streets in the immediate vicinity of the water main break in Hoboken are now able to be pumped out thanks to the special approval that was provided by the DEP. The Hoboken Fire Department has washed the streets and sidewalks to help clear the area of any debris. North Hudson Sewage Authority has cleared the catch basins, as the sewers can once again handle normal water flow.

WATER TRUCKS
While the boil water advisory is lifted, water trucks with clean drinking water will still be available as a backup until 10 pm tonight at 333 River Street, the intersection of Newark Street and Adams Street, Hoboken High School (900 Clinton Street), Fox Hill Gardens (311 13th Street), 14th Street and Sinatra Drive, and at ShopRite (10th and Madison).

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

TRAFFIC AND STREET CLOSURES
Residents should continue to use public transportation as the City of Hoboken will divert traffic from the area until the water main in Hoboken is completely fixed. 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. Any resident that will be departing Hoboken for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday should wait until the morning rush hour is over, and depart between 9 am and 3 pm.

Update on Water Restoration, Road Closures & Traffic Information

Water pressure has been restored to many portions of Hoboken, however some residents, particularly in high-rise buildings, may still experience no or limited water pressure. For those residents who live on the upper floors of high rise buildings, United Water recommends that cold faucets be turned on until service is restored, so that demand to the system is increased. Full water pressure is expected by tomorrow.

United Water continues to be on scene to repair the water main break and will continue working throughout the night and into tomorrow.

Road closures in southwest Hoboken will remain in effect tonight and until at least Monday afternoon. Observer Highway is closed west of Henderson Street to Jersey Ave. Harrison Street is closed from Paterson Avenue to Newark Street. Jackson Street is closed from Newark Street to Paterson Avenue. Vehicles traveling north on Jersey Ave will need to turn at 18th Street.

Residents normally exiting or entering Hoboken through the south portion of the City are strongly urged to use public transportation or travel through the north end. During commuting hours, the Hoboken Police Department will have 20 officers in the area to direct traffic along with additional officers from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and Jersey City Police Department to direct traffic on the Jersey City side of the area.

A boil water advisory remains in effect until at least Monday. Residents should boil their water for at least one minute for the following: drinking, cooking, or baking, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula or food, mixing juices or drinks, feeding pets, and all other consumption. Water does not need to be boiled for showering, washing dishes or clothes.

Two additional water trucks have been added for residents to obtain clean drinking water at 14th Street and Sinatra Drive and in front of Hoboken High School (900 Clinton St). Water trucks will also remain at 76 Bloomfield Street, 310-320 Jackson Street, City Hall (94 Washington Street), and 311 13th Street until full water service is restored. Five additional water trucks have been assigned to fire houses for water suppression.

Water Main Break Isolated; Water Pressure Being Restored

Crews have isolated the water main break in southwest Hoboken and water pressure is beginning to be restored through the north end interconnection.

A boil water advisory remains in effect until further notice.

Water restoration with limited pressure is expected within 2 hours to almost all of Hoboken.

Repairs to the water main will continue overnight. Full pressure restoration is expected by tomorrow. Water trucks will remain available until full service is restored.

There are numerous street closings in southwest Hoboken. Drivers are advised to exit through northern Hoboken today and tomorrow.

Emergency Water Tanks Available for Hoboken Residents

Emergency water tanks have been brought in to Hoboken to allow residents to gather fresh drinking water. The locations for the water tanks are at 76 Bloomfield Street, 310-320 Jackson Street, 311 13th Street, and at 1st Street and Washington Street next to City Hall. Residents should bring a container to any of the locations. Members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be at all four locations to assist residents.

As a reminder, United Water has issued a precautionary notice for any Hoboken residents with water pressure to boil their water for at least one minute for the following: drinking, cooking, or baking, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula or food, mixing juices or drinks, feeding pets, and all other consumption. Water does not have to be boiled for the following activities: showering, washing dishes or clothes.

Additionally, residents exiting or entering Hoboken with a vehicle should use the north end of the City and avoid the south end, so emergency crews can make the repairs.