Water main break of the day

8/6/2009:

Another day in Hoboken

Spotted this water main break on 10th and Willow yesterday evening. It wasn’t major with flooding, mud and catastrophic damage – but caused concern since there was danger of a street collapse, and Willow is a major county thoroughfare and bus route. Hoboken Police and the Parking Authority made arrangements to have several cars moved so the lane of traffic could be shifted away from the leak so that United Water could repair it.

Hoboken city employee Rocco Riccardi, as always – was on scene making sure everything was going smooth! One thing you can say about Hoboken – that when something goes wrong, the situation is almost always handled quickly and professionally. Preventing these problems, well – that’s an entirely different story. Talk to you local councilperson about that – and let me know if you get anywhere. I won’t hold my breath.

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5 Comments on "Water main break of the day"

elainetyger
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elainetyger

This is why we buy the service line insurance from the water company. I don’t get the sewer line insurance because there is not as much water flowing through there, so God forbid something goes wrong with that, I can get a contractor to pull permits and do it. The service line, though, that’s a lot of water at high pressure and needs to be fixed right away.

Hoboken16
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Hoboken16

The reason for the said order is simple. The City of Hoboken owns the piping infrastructure, not United Water, and is responsible for its up keep. United Water provides the water supply throughout the city. When a service line (Owner’s property) breaks, it is pumping non-revenue water at a loss to UW. In addition, this leakage weakens the surrounding ground as it infiltrates back into the ground water table. In a case where the owner takes their time to fix the leak, the leaked water can clear out solid ground from under the roadway and eventually cause a sink hole or even worse damage the foundation of a building, weakening the structure. The fines are to make sure that doesn’t happen.

kal-el
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kal-el

here’s what happen’s when there’s a water break, there are service lines which the home owner is responsible for. and a main line which the city is resposible for when it’s a main the city and united water get right on it, when it’s a service the home owner is responsible, normally united water gives the home owner so many days, if they dont have it fixed in the amount of time they are ticketed and fined.dont ask me how and why this came about and no i dont agree on this, b ut thats the way it is. and in the case of 10th and willow it was a service leak and the home owner took her time.

fairhoboken
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fairhoboken

This has been running for almost 2 weeks now

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