N.J. American Water making $6M infrastructure investment

New Jersey American Water is spending $6 million to replace aging mains in Lakewood, it announced recently.

The Voorhees-based utility, a unit of American Water, said in a news release Friday that the project would replace about 7,000 feet of wastewater main along five streets: South Lake Drive, Kimball Road, Caranetta Drive, Sunset Road and James Street.

“With this $6 million investment in new wastewater mains, our customers in this rapidly growing area will experience improved service reliability,” Kevin Keane, senior director of operations for New Jersey American Water’s Coastal Region, said in a prepared statement. “These wastewater collection improvements are part of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion-dollar program to accelerate the renewal of water and wastewater infrastructure that is reaching the end of its useful life.”

The utility said Branchburg-based Ferreira Construction Co. would begin work in June, with the final aspects of the project — street restoration — expected to be completed in spring 2019. Service will be maintained during construction.

New Jersey American Water is the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, providing services to about 2.7 million people.