Elysian Park Water coming back soon
Water at Elysian Park finally gets restored
After months of dysfunctional problems with the water infrastructure at Elysian Park uptown – some progress is finally being made. Two issues were identified. One, the valve near the kiddie fountain was leaking, and after further investigation – the main valve connecting the supply from the street was completely shot.
United Water will be managing that repair. Nice to have running water again in the park! (water fountains and dog run included).
A job a basic plumber could finish in one hour
But Hoboken residents, kids and dogs go thirsty all summer instead!
Many residents who enjoy using Elysian Park have been a quite frustrated at the lack of attention the water infrastructure has received this summer.
You see – the valve that controls the kiddie fountain is faulty. It stays on permanently – unless the main valve which controls the water for the rest of the park (water fountains, dog park fountain) is shut completely off. (If they forget – the fountain wastes water all night).
The problem is two-fold:
- Because of this “all on – all off” remedy for the broken kiddie fountain, when the park is shut down in the early evening, thirsty joggers have no fountain, and dogs stare in bewilderment that no water is available for them either.
- A more pressing problem is the fact that the main park valve is NOT designed to be shut on and off daily – only in emergencies – and will wear out quickly. This may very well cause some kind of massive flooding that will cost MUCH more than just fixing the kiddie fountain valve.
The city should be more responsible than this – and just call a local plumber to take care of the job. A good plumber could do the work in an hour or two, but anyone who knows anything about basic pipes could finish the job in one day at the very most.
Is Hoboken being penny-wise and dollar foolish once again?