Water main break

Mayor Ravi Bhalla

2 More water main breaks, Hoboken mayor to bring SUEZ Water to court

August 29, 2018 - 6:41 am
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HOBOKEN, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Flooding issues continued Wednesday morning in Hoboken after two more water main breaks in the area overnight.

With 16 breaks this summer, Hoboken’s Mayor Ravi Bhalla is now in a growing war of words with SUEZ Water Technologies.   

The first break Tuesday afternoon shut down the Hudson Street entrance to the Hoboken Terminal. Commuters were advised to use the Hoboken Lackawanna entrance to enter and exit the station.

Hours later, another broke about a block away at 76 River Street, near the PATH entrance and Hoboken Bus Terminal.

SUEZ crews were at the scenes of both breaks and were working to repair each rupture. 

Though, Mayor Bhalla says he will now be taking legal action against the local water company in hopes of obtaining information that he believes SUEZ is withholding.

The mayor will also ask the Hoboken City Council for permission to begin searching for a new firm to operate the city’s water system.

However, SUEZ Water said 16 breaks in just over 60 days is about average for Hoboken.

“Another massive water main break near the Path Station. This confirms the @CityofHoboken’s concerns about @SUEZwaterNJ. Residents don’t deserve this and we are now even more determined to execute our plan announced earlier today,” Bhalla tweeted.

SUEZ fired back writing: “.@RaviBhalla Actually, what the residents don't deserve is infrastructure dating back to the 1800s, but we'll fix it while you've got it.”

The local water company suggest that instead of spending money on the expensive process of replacing it as the water provider, Hoboken should invest in infrastructure improvement – noting that some of the mains are 100 years old or more.

"Enough is enough," he said. "As mayor of the City of Hoboken, I will not tolerate this any further."