Connecticut engineering firm will determine the cause of the failure
New Jersey America Water Company announced today that the “temporary fix” of water mains at the Swimming River Water Treatment Plant have been completed, they “hope.” The company is evaluating the stability of the system before lifting the ban on outdoor water usage for the company’s Monmouth County customers. They hope to be able to lift the outdoor water use ban in the near future.
The company’s statement said that the 24 inch water main pictured to the left is sending 12,000 gallons per day of treated water to Middletown.
Peter Escbach, NJAWC’s spokesperson, told the
Asbury Park Press that confidential company reports indicated that the two evalutions of the site following Tropical Storm Irene, one by the company and another by an independent contractor, showed that the bridge and water mains that failed last week continued to meet manufacturers standards despite the slight movenment of the pipes and damage to the bridge caused by the August 2011 storm.
Ocean and Coastal Consultants Inc. of Trumbull, Connecticut has been hired by NJAWC to determine the cause of the major infrastructure failure.