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Watchung 50-Year-Old Water Main to be Replaced

Work in the fall will replace line on Mountain Boulevard.

With work on Mountain Boulevard already set for the fall, New Jersey American Water will take advantage of the ripped-up roadway to replace a troublesome water main in the borough at the same time.

The company will be replacing 8,100 feet of a 12-inch cast iron water main installed in the 1950s with 12-inch ductile-iron main in a $1.7 million project, Richard Barnes, NJ Ameican Water spokesman, said.

The main has been breaking with increasing frequency, including a break in April that closed Mountain Boulevard for a day. The company has some 9,000 miles of water or sewer main pipes thorughout the state, with about 15 percent of it reaching 100 years in service by 2020. 

The Watchung replacement project will be done in two phases, with the first in September, Barnes said. The project will be completed by July 2013, covering the area from Old Stirlng Road to Brookdale Road. 

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