UPDATED: Hoboken closes municipal buildings, cancels rec programs, due to water main break


The City of Hoboken has closed their municipal building and cancelled all recreation programs on Monday due to a water main break.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“#Hoboken: Contractors working on an unrelated project have struck a large main on Observer and Madison, impacting water pressure citywide. Crews are working to restore pressure,” Veolia Water tweeted at 12:33 p.m.

“There is no boil water advisory. Traffic restrictions in that vicinity @HobokenOEM @CityofHoboken”

In a subsequent tweet moments ago, Veolia indicated that the water main break is 16 inches wide.

In a Nixle alert that went out about an hour ago, the city stated that municipal buildings would be closed due to either low or no water pressure in some locations, with essential services like police and fire remaining operational.

“Repair crews remain on site and are working to isolate the break and restore pressure. Although there is low to no water pressure in certain areas, Veolia has communicated to the City that the water is safe to drink,” they added.

In a second Nixle alert issued at 3:22 p.m., the city announced that the Office of Emergency Management has declared a state of emergency and that seven locations will be distributing water.

“The Office of Emergency Management has issued a State of Emergency due to the water main break at Observer Highway and Madison Street which has caused low to no water pressure in some areas,” the alert says.

“As per the New Jersey Department of Health, all establishments, including all gyms, restaurants, bars, and hair and nail salons, without running water must close until water is restored. All establishments with running water including supermarkets, pharmacies, and entities selling water can remain open.”

The seven locations are Hoboken University Medical Center (308 Willow Ave.); 220 Adams St.; 221 Jackson St.; Fox Hills (1301 Willow Ave.); Fourth and Harrison Streets; Columbian Towers (76 Bloomfield St.); and Stevens’ Wesley Howe Center (1 Castlepoint Terrace).

While water was initially supposed to be delivered by about 4:30 p.m., traffic delays have pushed that back to approximately 6 p.m.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information. 

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