BPU taps engineering firm to study burst pipe, collapsed bridge in Monmouth Cty.

TRENTON – The Board of Public Utilities on Wednesday approved authorization for an engineering firm to study the burst water pipe and collapsed bridge that took place on June 29 in Monmouth County.

New Jersey American Water’s Swimming River Treatment Plant pipe burst and affected some 22 towns in Monmouth County. Some 95,000 residents were under an advisory to boil water, officials said.

The authorization will enable an engineering firm, CH2M Hill, to serve as a special reliability master for New Jersey American Water to evaluate the design of the pipe, check the standards and determine what caused the bridge failure.

The investigation should last until November, and New Jersey American Water would pay for the costs.

BPU President Robert Hannah praised the move. “We need someone with that technical expertise,” he said.

Campaign finance reports show the firm has made several contributions to both political parties in the past 15 years, including Bergen County Republicans and more recently to Assemblyman John Burzichelli, (D-3), of Paulsboro, and former Bayonne Mayor and Assemblyman Joseph Doria’s PAC.

BPU taps engineering firm to study burst pipe, collapsed bridge in Monmouth Cty.