New Jersey American Water is restoring water service to the barrier island communities in its service areas using a three-pronged approach that began as soon as crews could safely enter on the island following Hurricane Sandy. The company has divided the island into three zones: north (Bayhead), middle (Mantoloking to Lavalette), and south (Ortley Beach and Pelican Island), in order to better manage and accelerate the restoration effort.
In the service areas south of Bayhead, approximately 9,000 customers have been notified that their accounts have been suspended pending completion of both customer and water system restoration work. Clearance from municipal wastewater agencies, confirming their system is ready to accept sanitary sewer flows, will also be required before reactivating water service. Customer water service lines are being isolated at the curb where possible but debris placement and other damage is hindering this effort in some areas. Customers are advised to shut off the main water service valve in their homes or businesses to prevent further damage or freeze up of plumbing. Water for fire protection is a priority and the Company is coordinating daily with local officials on this work.
North Zone (Bayhead):
Center Zone (Mantoloking to North of Lavalette)
South Zone (Ortley Beach/Pelican Island)
New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:AWK), is the investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.