HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The Hoboken City Council has approved a $5.2 million bond ordinance to fund upgrades to the city’s aging water main system, officials announced Thursday.

The City Council voted unanimously to support the bond on Wednesday, which will be used for upgrades in areas with the highest priorities.

“We are taking a proactive approach to repairing our century-old water system to make it more reliable and save money in the long run,” Mayor Dawn Zimmer said in a statement. “These priority upgrades are in addition to the replacement of the water mains along all of Washington Street and build upon our commitment to improve all aspects of our city’s infrastructure.”

Many Hoboken residents became frustrated after a series of water main breaks earlier this year and in 2015.

In March, a six-inch main broke on Garden Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street a week after a car was swallowed by a sinkhole from another main that burst nearby.

In November of last year, the city saw two water main breaks and a valve failing in just eight days. Those breaks flooded streets and left many residents and businesses without running water for days.

City officials said Suez Water identified 50 pipe segments as the highest priority areas for refurbishment.

The $5.2 million bond would fund the replacement of approximately a third of the highest priority water mains in the first year, officials said.

Areas set to be upgraded in 2016 and 2017 include:

  • Park Avenue between 6th Street and 8th Street
  • Garden Street from Observer Highway to 2nd Street
  • Garden Street between 12th Street and 14th Street
  • Madison Street from 4th Street to 6th Street
  • River Street between 1st Street and 4th Street
  • Clinton Street from 6th Street to 7th Street
  • Jefferson Street from Newark Street to 1st Street
  • Grand Street from 6th Street to 8th Street
  • 7th Street from Adams Street to Grand Street

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