Veolia Water fined $80,0000 after major water main break in Hoboken
The state Board of Public Utilities approved an $80,000 fine for Veolia Water after a major water main break in Hoboken in February.
The fine is part of a settlement for Veolia Water Contract Operation’s failure to mark water lines.
That water main break left customers without water for more than two days and the city with a boil water advisory that lasted for four days. Officials say it caused financial damage to businesses in the area.
“The impact on that community, the hospital, the citizens, the residents there, I know I want to thank our customer service people to help them there…the city did a great job responding to it,” says Frank Gaffney, NJ BPU director of Reliability and Security. “Hopefully with the ground-penetrating radar, this doesn’t happen again, because the effects are many.”
Hoboken officials say that they have an agreement with Veolia and the contractor who ruptured the 16-inch water main. The city will be reimbursed nearly $1 million and will get over 200 new leak detectors. There will also be a $300,000 grand program for businesses.