Middlesex Water Company has announced that beginning in mid-February 2020, it plans on investing a total of $11.2 million to further modernize drinking water infrastructure in the Township of Edison and the City of South Amboy, New Jersey (USA). Under this infrastructure replacement activity known as RENEW 2020, Middlesex Water Company intends to replace 14,000 linear feet of water main in Edison, for an investment of $6.7 million, beginning in mid-February, and approximately 10,200 linear feet of water main in South Amboy, at an investment of $4.5 million, beginning in March. The work will also upgrade service lines, valves and fire hydrants and is being performed to improve fire flows and to enhance overall service quality.
RENEW will also include the installation of exterior below ground meter pits to eventually house water meters at each customer’s premise. The company is relocating meters from inside the home to exterior pits to offer customers greater convenience and safety. This meter relocation will actually take place when the customer’s meter is regularly scheduled for testing.
“This year marks the 25th year in which Middlesex Water has been proactively strengthening its water infrastructure through the RENEW Program,” said Dennis W. Doll, Chairman, President and CEO. “As a protector of public health and a steward of water resources, methodically replacing water main through solid and strategic asset management helps us to better preserve water resources and maintain overall service quality,” he added.
RENEW is part of Middlesex Water’s overall Water for Tomorrow® Program, a $295 million infrastructure investment initiative (planned through 2021) which consists of various projects designed to strengthen the Company’s water distribution infrastructure for continued service reliability, resiliency and water quality. Other projects underway include construction of a large diameter transmission main through parts of Edison and Metuchen which is in its final phase, conversion to ozone disinfection at the Company’s largest New Jersey treatment plant, and addition of standby electrical generation.