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Hoboken Mayor Says Water Problems Years in the Making

Hoboken’s mayor says the city’s recent water woes have their roots in a contract signed two decades ago.

Crews work on water main break in Hoboken
Crews work on water main break in Hoboken (WABC TV)

Several water main breaks and leaks last week left part of the city without water and forced the officials to issue a boil water advisory.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer said Wednesday that the city’s aging water infrastructure has been neglected for decades. Zimmer said a contract signed by city officials in the 1990s was “unbelievably shortsighted” and put off improvements in favor of plugging budget gaps.

Zimmer said a deal between the city and United Water was supposed to reap up to $100 million in profit for Hoboken over 30 years. Instead, she said, the city saw about $13 million up until 2001.

A United Water spokesman didn’t immediately a message seeking comment.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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