“Private” Water Main Break

3/19/2009:

Got several emails about this a few days ago – A few feet west of the intersection at 5th and Washington, water just started “sprouting” out of the ground. Apparently, this wasn’t the city’s problem, according to one of the many readers that were wondering…

WTF?

Hoboken411 reader Journey said:

“I took this picture on 5th between Washington and Bloomfield (in front of Beowoofs). I called both North Hudson Sewer Authority and the police department. I got voicemail at the sewer authority. The police department told me it is not a watermain break but a problem that water company and property owner are having and it has been going on for some time.”

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Not sure if it’s been fixed yet, because I haven’t been near there since Tuesday…

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46 Comments on "“Private” Water Main Break"

elainetyger
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elainetyger

I used to work at the Dept. of Public Service in NY, which regulated all the privately owned water companies in the state. IIRC every water company tariff I looked at over the 14 years there said that the customer’s responsibility began at the point where the customer’s service line connected to the main or at the outside shut-off valve on the customer’s service line. I remember getting complaints from customers who were turned off or about to get turned off for failing to repair leaks that were upstream of the water meter but downstream of the main.

The rationale is probably that all costs of a privately owned public utility are passed on to one of, one class of, or all of the utility company’s consumers, and when the benefits of a service pipe accrue to only one person, the rate-setting government commission will often deem that the costs will be borne by that one person.

I think that very few attorneys know a lot about public service aka public utility law. After about 4 years handling customer complaints, I knew more about it from OJT than did most of the attorneys whose clients I was trying to help. There were some non-attorney rate consultants, though, who worked on a percentage basis for large customers and who were able to argue for bill or rate adjustments, mostly on electricity and telephone.

poed
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poed

No need for rationale, it’s just the way it is. Apparently (rumor has it) when united water took ownership, they made a deal and homeowners are now responsible “to the main.” As my watermain broke after United Water took over, this has been the only “law” I am aware of. That said, my neighbor told me her main broke pre-United Water and it was paid for by the prior company (If i recall,it was hudson sopmething or another).

kal-el
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kal-el

[quote comment=”144184″]Reminds me to look for a house with well water in the burbs[/quote]
please do so, and when reaching for your water dont lean over to much..we would’nt wanna loose you.

Katie_Scarlett
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[quote comment=”144238″][quote comment=”144161″][quote comment=”144121″] you guessed it “the homeowner” you just keep sticking your stupid ignorant two sense in everything and i’ll keep providing the right info..[/quote]
Define irony: Someone calling someone else out on being “stupid”& “ignorant” and then spelling “two cents” two sense. 🙄

Midnight- it is a curious thing, isn’t it? poed posted a little bit of the explanation in post #25, but I’m curious as to the rationale behind the law myself.[/quote]
katie your great at correcting peoples spellings you come across as a real snarb, i think they have a sale on dildo’s on 6th and washington st. why dont you check it out, cause you really need a life.[/quote]
My time is worth a lot, so why don’t you go ahead and pick one up for me on your next trip in? Great, thanks. 😆

kal-el
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kal-el

[quote comment=”144161″][quote comment=”144121″] you guessed it “the homeowner” you just keep sticking your stupid ignorant two sense in everything and i’ll keep providing the right info..[/quote]
Define irony: Someone calling someone else out on being “stupid”& “ignorant” and then spelling “two cents” two sense. 🙄

Midnight- it is a curious thing, isn’t it? poed posted a little bit of the explanation in post #25, but I’m curious as to the rationale behind the law myself.[/quote]
katie your great at correcting peoples spellings you come across as a real snarb, i think they have a sale on dildo’s on 6th and washington st. why dont you check it out, cause you really need a life.

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