Jersey City deals with another water main break

Another water main break hits Jersey City

Another water main break hits Jersey City (12/19/13)

JERSEY CITY - Crews will work through the night on yet another water main break in Jersey City, and Mayor Steven Fulop is voicing his frustration with the city's contracted utility.

Fulop took to Twitter, saying, "The city council and the administration needs to do a review of our contract with United Water and perhaps look to other options. Clearly there is a disconnect."

United Water says it is investigating a 20-inch main break at Communipaw Avenue and Berry Lane. The break is at least the sixth within two days.

The company issued a statement in response to the tweets which read, "Our focus has always been to restore service as quickly as possible to the people of Jersey City. That's what they deserve and that is why we have been working around the clock to make the repairs and have every available person on board. After the repairs have been made, we will then have time to sit down with the mayor."

The utility says crews are assessing the situation, and are making repairs as quickly and safely as possible. United Water says 11 homes, six commercial buildings and one church will be without water service until repairs can be completed.

Residents near the latest break were suprisingly understanding, considering the old infrastructure, weather and the city's financial struggles.

Communipaw Avenue is closed between Manning Avenue and Woodward Street in both directions.

The latest incident comes after a water main break Wednesday that left much of the downtown area without water.

A boil water advisory remains in place until further notice for residents and businesses in the downtown area outside of Newport, according to United Water.

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