Lakewood's exponential growth demands basic services to expand alongside. New Jersey American Water keeps pace with 13,000 feet of new water mains being installed under streets in five targeted sections of the township.

New Jersey American Water mechanic assists in prepping the 36-inch water main yesterday, which is now in service and delivering water to the treatment plant (Facebook)

The $2,400,000 project has a timetable for a late September completion, with final road repaving due by late Autumn. Work takes place nightly, Sundays through Fridays, 6 PM until 8 PM, weather permitting.

The Voorhees-based company is replacing aging mains in more than 100 municipalities in its service area, saying that most of the Lakewood mains under replacement have been in service since the 1930s.

"This new transmission main will enable the company to continue to improve service reliability and increase water flows for household consumption and fire protection in this community," said NJAW Coastal North Field Operaitons Manager Jeffrey Bowlby.

Work takes place on West County Line Road, from Hope Chapel Road to Laurelwood Avenue; Laurelwood Avenue, from County Line Road to Kennedy Boulevard; Kennedy Boulevard, from Laurelwood Avenue to Squankum Road; Squankum Road, from County Line Road to Appollo Road; and East County Line Road, from Squankum Road to Park Place.

Drinking water analysis (courtesy NJ American Water)

Annual water quality report posted

NJAW's annual water quality report is viewable through the company's web page. It compares the water flowing from customer taps to compliance standards of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

According to Water Quality and Environmental Management Senior Director Anthony Matarazzo, the quality exceeds EPA and DEP standard requirements.

"Our teams of water quality, plant operations, and water distribution professionals work hard each and every day to ensure the highest quality water and service to our customers in 190 municipalities across the state," Matarazzo said.

Printed copies can be obtained by calling 800-272-1325.

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