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New Jersey American Water invests $6.8 million in water infrastructure upgrades

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US utility New Jersey American Water will replace almost 23,000ft of ageing water mains throughout Monmouth County in the US state of New Jersey, at an estimated cost of $6.8 million (€6.17 million).

The project additionally includes the replacement of 23 fire hydrants and up to 250 utility-owned services lines along the pipeline routes. The company will upgrade the ageing water lines, which were installed as early as the 1920s, with new mains.

"New Jersey American Water places a high value on our proactive replacement program, as it helps us improve water quality and service and makes our systems more resilient to potential disruptions in the future," said Carmen Tierno, senior director of coastal operations. "These projects throughout Monmouth County are a continuation of the critical investment for the company to provide our customers with safe, reliable water service. By constantly upgrading our infrastructure, we're planning to keep it that way."

The investment represents a fraction of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion-dollar initiative to speed up the renewal of water infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life in over 100 communities across the state of New Jersey.

Work is expected to begin this November and is due to be finished by late spring of 2020.