According to WaterWorld, in the Borough of South Plainfield, New Jersey (NJ), United States (U.S.), Middlesex Water Company has announced that a project to replace aging water infrastructure worth US$10 million is set to begin. The utility company intends to replace five miles, or eight kilometres, of meters, valves, and water mains, among many others, as part of its 2017 RENEW programme. The work will enhance fire flows and the overall quality of service in the area as the new mains that are to be installed have a greater water carrying capacity.
Middlesex Water Company will decide which water mains to replace based on analyses which will take pipe information into consideration, asset condition assessment, coordination with adjacent infrastructure, and their historical records, and other relevant operational and situational data.
Funding for the project comes from low interest loans obtained from the NJ State Revolving Fund administered by the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
“Through RENEW, one of several projects under our Water for Tomorrow® infrastructure investment campaign, we’re proactively replacing aging water pipes to continually strengthen our water distribution infrastructure for continued service reliability, resiliency and water quality,” President and CEO of Middlesex Water Company, Dennis Doll, said. “Addressing infrastructure needs – on a planned schedule – reduces the likelihood of future disruptive and costly emergency repairs.”