Water Main Break: 9th and Jefferson

11/15/2010:

3rd Hoboken NJ Water Main break in less than a week!

Oh my goodness – we need to have a word with these damn water mains in Hoboken. Why are they constantly bursting open at between 2am and 4am? Don’t they know that Hoboken411 needs his rest?

Shortly after 3am this morning – a big water main at the intersection of 9th and Jefferson Streets sprung a healthy leak. With water coming out of both sides of the street – flooding all the way to the ShopRite – and to 9th and Adams. Seems like residents may have some water trouble soon. United Water said they were at least an hour out.

7th Street, 12th and Washington – and now this latest episode. When will it stop? (FYI – I did say “expect more breakage soon” in my last story, didn’t I?)


12 Responses

  1. Smaarticus says:

    Are you friggin’ kidding me? The Mayans were right!

  2. hoboken411 says:

    If it’s any consolation – United Water just arrived on the scene at 4:25am.

    Brita ought to open a factory here in Hoboken.

  3. hoboken411 says:

    4:45am – United Water shut the main down – area residents without water. Tribes in third-world nations have better water supplies. Where’s OBAMA?

  4. hoboken411 says:

    5:00am Halftime update: After United Water successfully shut the main down, the water subsided, and Hoboken Police re-opened the road.

    Area residents are expected to have water outages, but if the water company works efficiently, water could be restored by lunch time today.

    Who wants to set the Vegas line for the next water main break? Or did we blow our load on this third rupture?

    My guess is (based on the weather forecast) – between November 26th and 29th. (Just a random stab in the dark).

  5. Evelyn says:

    The situation is profoundly ridiculous in this city. I’m certain each and every policy dictating member of City Hall knows that the plumbing is failing, but where is the plan of action?

  6. Gavriel says:

    Not sure what to think about these recent strings of events. Are we in for a city wide collapse of the water infrastructure? Or are these water main breaks just painfully coincidental?

    Can anyone find out the age of the pipes for the last three breaks? Imagine if dozens more fail before years end?

    I’m just baffled that the administration wants to spend money on sensors for once a decade flooding, when they should be investing in technology that can predict when pipes are about to break. Do the math.

  7. SqMileSmile says:

    I live at 9th and Jefferson, and we never lost water. I was up and showering at 5am, and I was running laundry, and using the kitchen sink, until I left the 6am. When I took my dog out right before 5, it was difficult to even tell there was a large quantity of water, and I definitely didn’t see massive flooding.

    • camel2 says:

      Hey SqMilesmile, were you also power washing your windows, watering the lawn and detailing your car in that hour too? Are you for hire? Your water consumption efficiency is amazing.[quote comment=”199969″]I live at 9th and Jefferson, and we never lost water. I was up and showering at 5am, and I was running laundry, and using the kitchen sink, until I left the 6am. When I took my dog out right before 5, it was difficult to even tell there was a large quantity of water, and I definitely didn’t see massive flooding.[/quote]

      • SqMileSmile says:

        Camel –

        Sorry we all don’t have the luxury of being home a lot during the day. I leave for work at 6am. Most days, I don’t get back from work until 5:30, at which point I head straight to the gym, and actually get home at 7pm. So I do have to be EFFICIENT with my time and when I’m using my water, since I don’t use it at all between the hours of 6 am and 7pm, or 9pm to 5am when I sleep.[quote comment=”199977″]Hey SqMilesmile, were you also power washing your windows, watering the lawn and detailing your car in that hour too? Are you for hire? Your water consumption efficiency is amazing.

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  8. SqMileSmile says:

    While I appreciate your ability to “predict” more water main breaks, anyone thinking logically would assume we would continue to have such issues. Every time United Water has to shut down one area of pipes in town, it puts additional pressure in the remaining pipes. Unless some of these pipes have been updated since they were orginally put into place, it appears that they are now all around max age. Therefore extra water pressure + old pipes = pipes bursting. Doesn’t take a genius to figure it out… So yes, we should assume that we will continue to get these breaks.

  9. nighthawk says:

    H411, you’re still a genius to me!!!!

  10. lokelyokel says:

    Predicting another water main break after 2 consecutive breaks? Thats a bit of a stretch to take credit for. Dont tear your rotator cuff with all this patting of yourself on the back.

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