Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Where's the Water Company?

City officials promised to make sure New Jersey American Water fixed all the streets that were damaged when the company repaired pipes last year. But crossing Park & Seventh on foot is still a tricky proposition, with all the cracks and potholes.

Meanwhile, some storm drains still hold abandoned bits of the temporary hoses that delivered water (and sometimes sprung leaks for spectacular waterspout displays). Last month, the City Council passed two ordinances aimed at improving the quality of stormwater runoff. Never mind leaky Dumpsters and discarded coffee cups mucking up the stormwater, what about making sure these hose pieces don't enter the drain system? The water company should retrieve them as part of its followup to the repair work.

If and when New Jersey American Water smooths out the street at Park & Seventh, the company will also then have to arrange for re-striping. The intersection received new striping as part of the installation of new traffic lights, but at the north side, the striping was placed over the lumpy, damaged road. It looks ridiculous, but could not be omitted for safety reasons.

The administration owes citizens an update on its promise to make New Jersey American Water clean up after itself.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Bernice, if only you would walk over to see our lowly Belivdere Court and its tale of almost being finished.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The administration will probably not be able to give an update on their promise to make New Jersey American Water clean up after itself. Why? Because this administration only deals with issues when their feet are held to the fire, or when elections are near.

Look for some action on this sometime in late October.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Green said he had a meeting with NJ American Water at the end of May, if I remember correctly, Bernice. Do you know what came of that meeting? Also, you should know that we now pay a monthly rather than a quarterly water bill to NJ American Water. I don't know why, except that they want their money more quickly. Maybe they are afraid of the amount of revenue they could potentially lose if someone is late paying a quarterly bill rather than a monthly bill.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You pay a monthly bill because the rates went up. If they left it as a quaterly bill it would be more easily noticed. Take a look at your last quarterly bill and divide by three. Now compare that with the most recent monthly bill. See a difference? Its their way of making it look like your cost went down, when in reality it went up.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The newest twist is the water company is replacing your inside water meeter with a large pit in front of your house. The explanation off the record was that if you had a water leak in your line you will be charged for the water. It should look so pleasant with a 24 inch meeter hole cover in your lawn.

7:25 AM  

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