State probes Monmouth County water main break - My9 New Jersey

State probes Monmouth County water main break

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COLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) — Regulators have launched an investigation into a water main break that left 22 Monmouth County towns without service.

The Board of Public Utilities is trying to determine whether New Jersey American Water should have made repairs to a 40-year-old wooden bridge under which ran three major pipes to its Swimming River plant.

The company has said the bridge was damaged last summer during Tropical Storm Irene. But it says two evaluations done shortly after the storm showed the section was within manufacturing standards.

The collapse on June 29 led to boil water advisories for 285,000 customers.

The BPU has told its investigator to submit his findings by Nov. 15.

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