Montclair typically sees nine water breaks a year, said Gary Obszarny, director of the Water Bureau. Several factors contribute to the breaks, Obszarny said, including vibrations from road pavement equipment, temperature fluxes and freeze/thaw periods in the winter. And much of Montclair’s water piping is between 80 and 100 years old, if not older, he added.
Township officials announced on Friday that Montclair’s 18 municipal parks, nature preserves and open spaces would once again reopen, but for passive recreation only. Park users are also advised to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.