NJAW Navesink Water Tank Painting Project

New Jersey American Water (NJAW) is preparing to repaint its storage tank located on Sears Avenue in the Navesink section of Middletown. The 1.9 million-gallon water storage tank was constructed in 1968 and last painted in 1992. This $3.2 million project represents a critical investment for NJAW in support of its commitment to provide customers with affordable, high-quality, reliable water. It will be completed by qualified rehabilitation contractor U.S. Tank Painting, and involves steel repairs and improvements, abrasive blasting, and applying engineered coating system on both the interior and exterior of the tank.

Project Timeline

Work is scheduled to begin on or about Tuesday, January 17th and is expected to be completed by the end of May, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday. If necessary, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturdays.


For the exterior surfaces, full containment will be used to contain abrasive blasting operations.

Why Repaint the Tank and Why Now?

The cost of rehabilitating the tank represents a significant cost savings to customers in contrast to replacing the structure. In addition, the paint provides a protective barrier to prevent the steel from rusting and compromising water quality.

Why Not Paint Over the Existing Paint?

Stripping the original paint allows U.S. Tank Painting to apply the new paint with good adhesion, which will add to the lifespan of the structure. If U.S. Tank Painting applied the new paint over the current paint, it would not adhere properly.


There will be some unavoidable noise associated with this project, as U.S. Tank Painting will be required to run dehumidifiers and heaters around the clock. Fortunately, NJAW does not anticipate any disruptions to customers' water service.


Contact NJAW Tank Maintenance Coordinator Kenny Jaros at Ken.Jaros@amwater.com or 908-482-5248. You can also call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-272-1325 from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Visit www.amwater.com/njaw for more information about NJAW and follow NJAW on Facebook and Twitter (@njamwater) for project updates. Customers can also stay informed with the project and possible service interruptions by opting-in for notifications at www.amwater.com/mywater