Yesterday’s uptown water main break

4/8/2008:

Old news, and already fixed. But just for the record, here are some pictures that Hoboken411 reader Richard took, and he said: “At About 5am Monday morining I got a call about water in 1302 Washington Street basement. Basement got about 2ft. of water. So as you can see in the pictures there was a 12” or 14” Main break.”

Sucks to have damage out of the blue like that… or brown, if you looked at the water!

What’s the over/under date for the NEXT water main break? I’ll open up the betting at April 30th…

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10 Comments on "Yesterday’s uptown water main break"


MF
Member
8 years 5 months ago

ultimately, as with all things, the buck stops with government. they can whine about how unfair people are to them as they work so hard in their sleeveless shirts, but it’s them. or maybe it’s moreso State government since they are the ones who do the regulating, no? unless i misunderstand the way a utility works, it is the government who grants them a monopoly. few other businesses have a monopoly. i think the only reason governments do this is because it is a basic human service and is so comprehensive that it can’t be turned over from one provider to another on a frequent basis. but if United Water can rely on cowardly arguments like, “the pipes are old, what do you expect” (as they seem to do, then they should be regulated into extinction. unfortunately it’s such a convoluted system that i don’t foresee anything changing even if the public clamors. certainly with bozos like Ruben Ramos as one of our State representatives, we have no shot.

manwhofelltohoboken
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manwhofelltohoboken
8 years 5 months ago

Look the utility company is a state / local authorized monopoly; we have no choice but to be under the power of these losers. I heard that the water company turned over a 10% profit last year. Why should our bills be higher if they’re turning a profit and not investing in the infrastructure they’ve chosen to leave us with?

If your bank every month over-charged your account by $2000 would you keep that bank? Don’t you think the government or an agency would crack down and see what the frak was going on? If the milk you bought every day was spoiled when you got home… you get the picture?

Maybe a zero growth policy would be the right thing to do? OR don’t forget all those high-rises require _higher_ water pressure to reach (remember last July when we were asked to use limited water so the top-floor high-rises could have water??) So the people who are putting the stress on the system should be paying the price for their footprint on the town. Don’t give me this communist bull of us all having to tow the line. You can afford the high-rise, you can afford the extra water-surcharge to help the water company change the piping for your expensive lifestyle choices. It’s called *responsibility* and it’s about bloody time it started being taken seriously.
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matt_72
Member
8 years 5 months ago

And I could be wrong on this, but I believe the city is not responsible for watermains and our tax dollars don’t go towards the repair & upkeep of these watermains. Our water/sewer bills cover this. Maybe the problem is our bills are too low and they should be accruing more of a reserve for the upkeep & replacement of these many decade old watermains………

matt_72
Member
8 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”76987″]the water mains are bursting because city hall allowed too much growth and it has over taxed our infrastructure. i had suggested a zero growth proposal 2yrs ago. people were shocked, shocked i say. but it really is the only way to try to catch up with the growth. try to imagine a summer where water is not available in large parts of town for days at a time…all summer. could get violent.[/quote]

The watermains are bursting b/c they are probably a 100 years old. I bet the water pressure in those water mains is the same now as it was 10 years ago. If you were complaining about sewer lines, I would agree with you, but I think the problems with the watermains has more to do with their age than anything else. All older cities have problems with their watermains breaking like this.

Katie_Scarlett
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8 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”76987″]the water mains are bursting because city hall allowed too much growth and it has over taxed our infrastructure. i had suggested a zero growth proposal 2yrs ago. people were shocked, shocked i say. but it really is the only way to try to catch up with the growth. try to imagine a summer where water is not available in large parts of town for days at a time…all summer. could get violent.[/quote]
As long as they start with the neighborhoods the asshole elected officials live in, then maybe it’ll be alright.

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