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).

Elysian Park Water System Pipe Repairs Hoboken NJ - Elysian Park Water coming back soon

9/8/2010:

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?

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mrkclrk
mrkclrk
Monday, April 18, 2011 5:31 pm

Wait, that’s supposed to be potable water?

homeworld
homeworld
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 7:31 pm

There was recently a story about how nobody should ever drink from the water fountains in the parks on Hoboken411.

mooshu
mooshu
Reply to  homeworld
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 7:38 pm

I have sipped from fountains NOT in Hoboken.

However, I prefer to refill a plastic bottle I reuse with filtered water from our fridge. [quote comment=”197119″]There was recently a story about how nobody should ever drink from the water fountains in the parks on Hoboken411.[/quote]

wiskeytango1
wiskeytango1
Reply to  mooshu
Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:21 pm

moosh in regard to determination I notice you touch up on many topics aka threads on this forum yourself..A tip ..for you and your children if you have any.( One of the easiest forms of contracting (Hepatitis ) is drinking from public water fountains,in parks and in schools..Know fact..One has to be nuts to let their kids drink from these fountains. 😕 [quote comment=”197122″]I have sipped from fountains NOT in Hoboken.However, I prefer to refill a plastic bottle I reuse with filtered water from our fridge.

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mooshu
mooshu
Reply to  wiskeytango1
Friday, September 10, 2010 12:37 am

Thanks for the tip.[quote comment=”197162″]moosh in regard to determination I notice you touch up on many topics aka threads on this forum yourself..A tip ..for you and your children if you have any.( One of the easiest forms of contracting (Hepatitis ) is drinking from public water fountains,in parks and in schools..Know fact..One has to be nuts to let their kids drink from these fountains. [/quote]

Litteredboken
Litteredboken
Reply to  homeworld
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 7:45 pm

Who exactly has gotten a disease from the water in the public fountains? If concerned with germs from the spout, can’t people avoid putting their mouths on it? If concerned about the safety of the water, public water IS tested, no? Now if we’re talking taste, ok, to each his/her own. Hoboken water is yummy. Strongly-flavored, but addicting.

The same people who fear the fountains for germs’ sake DO eat out, and I would dare anyone to argue that food from restaurants is safer.

[quote comment=”197119″]There was recently a story about how nobody should ever drink from the water fountains in the parks on Hoboken411.[/quote]

homeworld
homeworld
Reply to  Litteredboken
Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:59 pm

I drink from the water fountains all the time when I’m out jogging. I was just brining up this post:

https://hoboken411.com/archives/47880%5Bquote comment=”197125″]Who exactly has gotten a disease from the water in the public fountains? If concerned with germs from the spout, can’t people avoid putting their mouths on it? If concerned about the safety of the water, public water IS tested, no? Now if we’re talking taste, ok, to each his/her own. Hoboken water is yummy. Strongly-flavored, but addicting.The same people who fear the fountains for germs’ sake DO eat out, and I would dare anyone to argue that food from restaurants is safer.

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Litteredboken
Litteredboken
Reply to  homeworld
Friday, September 10, 2010 8:31 am

I am commenting on the post you mentioned. I didn’t say anything during that post, so I am jumping on the bandwagon now. [quote comment=”197159″]I drink from the water fountains all the time when I’m out jogging. I was just brining up this post:

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Litteredboken
Litteredboken
Reply to  hoboken411
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 7:57 pm

The dog owner/plumbers who live in town should sneak into the park under the cover of darkness of night and take care of things.[quote comment=”197128″]Yep – still doesn’t mean people don’t want to.More importantly – the dogs are the ones that suffer the most.[/quote]

mooshu
mooshu
Reply to  hoboken411
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 11:43 pm

That IS a very good point. AND the doggie faucet isn’t a waste of water because it can be manually turned on and shut off.

The stupid kids’ sprinklers should go away though. Summer is nearly over anyway, and they’re a waste of water since they cannot be manually turned off by users.

[quote comment=”197128″]Yep – still doesn’t mean people don’t want to.More importantly – the dogs are the ones that suffer the most.

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john14
john14
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 7:05 pm

City Hall doesn’t give a damn about a maintaining pipes at an uptown park! It won’t buy them any votes, so where is the motivation?

Litteredboken
Litteredboken
Reply to  john14
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 7:40 pm

Well, SUPPOSEDLY the city workers are emplyed by the system. So whether or not they care, it is infrastructure that should be maintained by them.

But I am just willing to be a bundle that NOBODY bothered to call City Hall to complain before this post has appeared on 411. Now– maybe– it will be fixed. But don’t they tend to turn off public fountains between Labor Day and Memorial Day because of the potential for freezing? And out of curiousity, when is the last time the ground has frozen in this area? I bet it has been years. Many years, during our winter hot streaks, I wished for water from a public fountain (gasp!!). I can see the need for caution, but I think this is over-cautious.[quote comment=”197113″]City Hall doesn’t give a damn about a maintaining pipes at an uptown park! It won’t buy them any votes, so where is the motivation?[/quote]

Litteredboken
Litteredboken
Reply to  Litteredboken
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 7:46 pm

The system being US, the public… [quote comment=”197123″]Well, SUPPOSEDLY the city workers are emplyed by the system. So whether or not they care, it is infrastructure that should be maintained by them. But I am just willing to be a bundle that NOBODY bothered to call City Hall to complain before this post has appeared on 411. Now– maybe– it will be fixed. But don’t they tend to turn off public fountains between Labor Day and Memorial Day because of the potential for freezing? And out of curiousity, when is the last time the ground has frozen in this area? I bet it has been years. Many years, during our winter hot streaks, I wished for water from a public fountain (gasp!!). I can see the need for caution, but I think this is over-cautious.[/quote]

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