Hoboken water main break repairs completed; new valve being tested

HOBOKEN, N.J. (WABC) -- Crews for SUEZ Water have finished replacing the broken water main in Hoboken with a new 24 inch pipe on Friday.

Testing is currently underway to ensure the stability of the repaired connection. Temporary restoration of the roads affected by the water main break has begun, and should be completed by Sunday night. Roads will remain closed in southwest Hoboken until the temporary road restoration is complete.

Hoboken continues to successfully receive water from SUEZ through the backup Weehawken transmission line. The water source to Hoboken could be switched back to the Jersey City connection later this weekend once the stability of the repaired connection is confirmed.

Restaurants and businesses in Hoboken remain open for business and are fully operational.

Crews for SUEZ Water have been working on the water main that broke last Sunday morning and a 36-inch valve that failed Sunday night for several days.

A boil water advisory was lifted Tueday after the Department of Environmental Protection and SUEZ Water officially advised that the water in the city is safe for consumption. Water conservation is also urged.

With the boil water advisory lifted, water tanks will no long be stationed in Hoboken. The trucks will be available to return if needed.

Hoboken officials are asking drivers to avoid the southern part of the city. Several streets will remain closed until further notice:

- Observer Highway closed West of Henderson Street to Jersey Ave.
- Harrison Street closed from Paterson Avenue to Newark Street.
- Jackson Street closed from Newark Street to Paterson Avenue.
- Vehicles traveling North on Jersey Ave will need to turn at 18th Street.

Residents are being advised to continue to use public transportation or enter and exit Hoboken through the north.

Excess water has been removed from the streets and sidewalks, and the Hoboken Fire Department has been clearing the area of excess debris.
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