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Water Main Replacement Program

Since launching the Water Main Replacement Program in 2018, Hoboken has installed over 13,000 linear feet of new water mains, including the installation of new water mains along Washington Street as a part of the Washington Street Redesign Project.

The proactive water infrastructure improvements, achievable through the 2019 restructured agreement with SUEZ, have resulted in fewer water main breaks, increasing residents' quality of life. Specifically, last year, Hoboken had a total of 12 water main breaks, almost half the total of water main breaks in 2020, and a stark contrast compared to the 34 water main breaks that occurred in 2013.

The upgrades have also resulted in a cost savings of approximately $100,000 per year in emergency repairs since the implementation of the 2019 SUEZ agreement.

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Since launching the Water Main Replacement Program in 2018, Hoboken has installed over 13,000 linear feet of new water mains, including the installation of new water mains along Washington Street as a part of the Washington Street Redesign Project.

The proactive water infrastructure improvements, achievable through the 2019 restructured agreement with SUEZ, have resulted in fewer water main breaks, increasing residents' quality of life. Specifically, last year, Hoboken had a total of 12 water main breaks, almost half the total of water main breaks in 2020, and a stark contrast compared to the 34 water main breaks that occurred in 2013.

The upgrades have also resulted in a cost savings of approximately $100,000 per year in emergency repairs since the implementation of the 2019 SUEZ agreement.

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Water Infrastructure Upgrades Phase 2 (2022)

The City plans to upgrade water infrastructure at six (6) locations totaling nearly 4,800 LF or 11 blocks in 2022. Upgrades will include new water mains, service lines, curb to curb resurfacing, and complete streets improvements.

The replacement of water mains will utilize low interest and interest free loans from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank, with no funding from the 2022 municipal budget.

The six segments totaling nearly 4,800 linear feet are as follows:

  • Grand Street from 3rd Street to 8th Street
  • 7th St from Grand Street to Adams Street
  • Adams Street from 8th Street to 9th Street
  • 8th Street from Adams Street to Jefferson Street
  • Madison Street from 4th Street to 6th Street
  • Jefferson Street from 1st Street to Newark Street

Hudson Street (4th Street to 10th Street) Water Main Replacement (2021)

The City replaced the water main on Hudson Street from 4th Street to 10th Street prior to curb-to-curb resurfacing by Hudson County. The project began August 2021 and included the replacement of nearly 2,800 LF of 6-inch water main with 12-inch water main. The work also included the replacement of ten (10) fire hydrants, 150 service lines, and associated appurtenances. Water main replacement work was completed by November 2021. Hudson County is scheduled to resurface Hudson Street in March 2022.

Water Infrastructure Upgrades Phase 1 (2020)

The City upgraded water infrastructure at eight (8) locations totaling nearly 7,000 LF or 15 blocks. Upgrades also included new water mains, service lines to the curb box, curb to curb resurfacing, green/grey infrastructure, and complete streets improvements.

The replacement of water mains utilized low interest and interest free loans from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank, with no funding from the 2020 municipal budget.

The eight segments totaling nearly 7,000 linear feet are as follows:

  • Jefferson Street between 8th Street and 9th Street
  • Bloomfield Street between 2nd Street and 4th Street
  • Garden Street between 3rd Street and 5th Street
  • Monroe Street between 3rd Street and 4th Street
  • Monroe Street between 8th Street and 11th Street
  • Jefferson Street between 10th Street and 11th Street
  • Garden Street between 12th Street and 14th Street
  • Garden Street between Observer Highway and 2nd Street
As a part of the water infrastructure project, the City proactively replaced nearly 7,000 linear feet of Hoboken’s oldest water mains in 2020. The upgrades included the installation of new service lines, road repaving, Vision Zero roadway improvements, as well as infrastructure to help mitigate localized flooding.

In addition to new water mains, 272 new water service lines (2,200 linear feet) were installed, along with 104 gate valves to help isolate vulnerable water mains when repairs are needed. 15 new fire hydrants were also installed, replacing 12 old fire hydrants.

All 15 blocks with new water mains were repaved. The repaving also incorporated safety improvements to help the City achieve its Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic-related deaths and injuries by 2030, including new high visibility crosswalks, painted curb extensions, "daylighted" corners to improve visibility at intersections, 6,800 linear feet of bike lanes, and 37 ADA-compliant curb ramps.

Four green/gray stormwater detention tanks were installed at various points along the project, to store rainwater during storms and help mitigate localized flooding. Combined, the four stormwater detention tanks will have the capacity withhold nearly 7,000 gallons of rainwater. One rain garden curb extension was also constructed at Garden Street and 4th Street, which has the capacity to store approximately 1,500 gallons of rainwater. The rain garden curb extension also serves as a pedestrian safety measure to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians.

The City is currently finalizing locations for the next phase of water main replacements, which is expected to begin in the spring of 2022. Hoboken has now installed over 13,000 linear feet of new water mains since 2018, following the installation of new water mains along Washington Street as a part of the Washington Street Project.

Lead Service Line Replacements

To further ensure high-quality service, the Hoboken Water Utility is currently developing a city-wide initiative to verify pipe materials and implement a lead service line replacement program following New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's adoption of amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act and Municipal and County Utilities Authorities Law.

The lead service line replacement program, which will be finalized and announced this July, will seek to replace all lead services lines in the City by 2031, at a rate of at least 10% of known lead service lines per year.

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