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New water main being installed on Washington Street

Over the next 6 years, the City of Hoboken will invest $42 million in the water main system. This includes:

  • $7 million water main replacement on Washington Street that is currently underway
  • $5.2 million for additional improvements authorized for priority areas
  • $30 million through the Water System Renewal Plan which includes an additional $5 million per year over the next 6 years.

Why do we have so many water main breaks? Some parts of Hoboken's water system are over 100 years old. As cast iron pipes age, they become brittle and are more prone to break from changes in temperature, pressure fluctuations, or vibrations.

Why are the pipes so old? There have been no significant investments in Hoboken’s water distribution infrastructure in decades. Through a series of agreements, the City of Hoboken sold the rights to our water system in 1994 until 2024. A 30-year revenue stream of approximately $240 million was sold to United Water (now Suez Water) in exchange for $13.2 million dollars in one-time payments. Rather than invest those funds to improve the water infrastructure, the payments were used between 1994 and 2001 to plug municipal budget deficits. The City still has 7 years remaining in a contract that requires Suez Water to make almost no proactive investment in our water infrastructure.

What is the City of Hoboken doing to fix the problem? The City is pursuing three parallel strategies to improve the water distribution infrastructure:

  1. $42+ million in direct investment. The City is directly financing upgrades to our water system. As part of the Washington Street redesign, we are taking out a $7 million low-interest loan from the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) to upgrade the water mains along all of Washington Street. For project information and construction updates, visit the Washington Street Project website. In addition to Washington Street, the City is also funding $5.2 million in priority upgrades to the water main system throughout the city. Finally, the Water System Renewal Plan in the 2017 includes $5 million per year over the next 6 years, for an additional $30 million in investments.
  2. Rebidding contract. The City is conducting its due diligence in preparation for rebidding the contract to maintain and operate the water distribution system. This involves engineering work, a financial analysis, conducting test pits, etc.

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New water main being installed on Washington Street

Over the next 6 years, the City of Hoboken will invest $42 million in the water main system. This includes:

  • $7 million water main replacement on Washington Street that is currently underway
  • $5.2 million for additional improvements authorized for priority areas
  • $30 million through the Water System Renewal Plan which includes an additional $5 million per year over the next 6 years.

Why do we have so many water main breaks? Some parts of Hoboken's water system are over 100 years old. As cast iron pipes age, they become brittle and are more prone to break from changes in temperature, pressure fluctuations, or vibrations.

Why are the pipes so old? There have been no significant investments in Hoboken’s water distribution infrastructure in decades. Through a series of agreements, the City of Hoboken sold the rights to our water system in 1994 until 2024. A 30-year revenue stream of approximately $240 million was sold to United Water (now Suez Water) in exchange for $13.2 million dollars in one-time payments. Rather than invest those funds to improve the water infrastructure, the payments were used between 1994 and 2001 to plug municipal budget deficits. The City still has 7 years remaining in a contract that requires Suez Water to make almost no proactive investment in our water infrastructure.

What is the City of Hoboken doing to fix the problem? The City is pursuing three parallel strategies to improve the water distribution infrastructure:

  1. $42+ million in direct investment. The City is directly financing upgrades to our water system. As part of the Washington Street redesign, we are taking out a $7 million low-interest loan from the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) to upgrade the water mains along all of Washington Street. For project information and construction updates, visit the Washington Street Project website. In addition to Washington Street, the City is also funding $5.2 million in priority upgrades to the water main system throughout the city. Finally, the Water System Renewal Plan in the 2017 includes $5 million per year over the next 6 years, for an additional $30 million in investments.
  2. Rebidding contract. The City is conducting its due diligence in preparation for rebidding the contract to maintain and operate the water distribution system. This involves engineering work, a financial analysis, conducting test pits, etc.

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