|photo credit: The nice SUEZ worker who let me have these pics.|
Then we'll wonder how our buses, trains, schools are impacted and if we'll have water. If so, must it be boiled? What color will it be? (We love our brown showers.)
It's a way of life in a City with a 100+ year-old water supply system.
According to a Hoboken historical website: "Hoboken's first mains were laid in 1857. The mains which connect with the reservoirs and which enter the city through Willow Avenue and Park Avenue, consist of a 12-inch, a 16-inch and a 24-inch, the combined capacity of which to the north line of the city is 12,000,000 gallons per day.... The water supply to the city is still further guarded by the fact that three separate lines of mains, a 20-inch, a 24-inch and a 36-inch connect directly the Water Company's main pumping station at New Milford..."
Unfortunately, the City sold away rights to our water system in 1994; there are 7 years left on its contract with SUEZ.
Tick tick tick... CRACK! SPLASH! There goes another one!
Until Hoboken gets our water system back, the City is financing some infrastructure repairs: the Washington Street water main upgrade (financed by a $7M low-interest loan) and $5.2M in other upgrades. Also, the Mayor is renegotiating Hoboken's contract with SUEZ, requesting "$1 million annual payments for repairs and upgrades to the City water main system."
In the meantime, whenever a water main goes POP, so do the mayor's opponents!
Plaintiff Carmelo Garcia: "Time for a new Mayor!"
|Time for a new mayor!|
Presumptive mayoral challenger Councilman Mike DeFusco: "This is not normal!"
Prospective mayoral challenger, Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano... ummm, nothing.
But here's his 2017 campaign cup:
Councilman Mike Russo gets Honorable Mention for keeping his constituents informed on social media without using the emergency to take shots at the mayor.
Hoboken people, listen to me. You need to sign up for the City of Hoboken's Nixle Alerts to stay informed about our City's emergencies, in real time.