Middlesex Water spending $11.2M on Avenel upgrades

Middlesex Water Co. announced Monday that it is planning an $11.2 million upgrade project in the Avenel section of Woodbridge.

The project, part of Middlesex Water’s RENEW 2018 program, will see aging water infrastructure replaced, including 4.8 miles of mains, plus service lines, valves and hydrants. The goal is to improve fire flows and overall service quality in the area, with new mains having greater carrying capacity.

“RENEW 2018 is part of our overall Water for Tomorrow Program, which consists of projects designed to strengthen our water distribution infrastructure for continued service reliability, resiliency and water quality,” CEO and President Dennis Doll said in a prepared statement. “Water is such a precious natural resource. Our RENEW 2018 program will help us better preserve our water resources by identifying leaks in the project area.

“By being proactive and replacing aging infrastructure on a planned schedule, there’s less likelihood of future disruptive and costly emergency repairs down the road.”

The Iselin-based utility said the overall project is estimated at six months, individual residences should only see a few days of effects, including a few hours of service shutoff, as crews replace and install new mains and meter pits.

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