United Water Headaches?
You ever have problems with United Water, and where your building connects to the water mains in Hoboken?
One Hoboken resident is going through some issues now – and United Water is threatening to turn their water off because of a leaking underground water pipe…
United Water and Emergency Water Use?
“Our condo association recently received a letter from United Water stating we are responsible for repairing a leaking water pipe which supplies water to the property. Now I understand if the leak to the pipe is in the house or just outside, but this particular leak is approximately 100ft from the building, across the street, under the viaduct and according to the plumber we contacted, is adjacent to the main water line. I have to wonder, how is this leak our issue?
To avoid having our water service turned off we have obtained estimates for the repair, a process which will involve excavation of the street, employment of a police officer to close the street, repair of the leak and replacing, by hand the historical cobblestone. Initial estimates put the cost anywhere from $4000 to $12,000.
As evidence that we are responsible for the repair, United Water has sited portions of the Hoboken municipal code (Chapters 193-3, 193-5, 193-8). However, unless I am reading the code incorrectly, the chapter and article to which they refer, pertains only in situations where an expressed proclamation of emergency water use has been enacted. To the best of my knowledge such a proclamation does not currently exist for the City of Hoboken.
To make matters even more disconcerting, United Water plans to “relocate” a number of water pipes, including this one, in the fall as part of the Viaduct reconstruction plan. Seeing as how the viaduct is in an advanced state of deterioration and the 14th street marginal roads are gravely neglected, it seems logical that deficient maintenance in this area could directly impact surrounding utilities, especially water lines.
I would really like to know if any other residents have experience success fighting United Water on such matters.”