Early in July of this year, Spectra Energy, located on Range Rd in Linden, NJ, had a gas main break at their facility. While attempting to repair the gas line, the water main was accidentally damaged, cutting off the running water supply on Range Rd. The water main on Range Rd. is a privately owned pipe-line owned by Spectra Energy, not the municipality of Linden. Spectra has been providing free water to the former Linden Animal Shelter (LAS), Friends of Linden Animal Shelter (FOLAS) which is located across from LAS, and the police firing range.
According to sources, including Mayor Derek Armstead, “They (Spectra Energy) has a bigger issue that is taking precedent, …. a gas line problem. Once this issue is resolved they will be fixing the water line.” The problem with the water line was first noted around the 4th of July but due to the holiday, key personnel were on vacation and no one could be contacted to start the repair work.
A post from the Friends of Linden Animal Shelter’s Facebook page dated August 8 states “…our supply (of water) is running extremely low…We are in desperate need of gallons of water.” The bottled water is being used as drinking water while cleaning water for the cages is being provided by a 300 gallon tank of water that was donated by the Linden Fire Department (LFD) and Linden Department of Public Works (DPW). The tank is being refilled by LFD and DPW as needed. Volunteers have been taking the laundry off-site to wash until running water is restored. Soon after this post, over 200 gallons of water were donated by supporters.
New Jersey News 12 also carried the story of FOLAS’ plight.
According to a post from Bonnie Wagner, an independent animal advocate, to NJShelterPets, the water line repair may take 5-7 more weeks before the repair work is complete. The Linden Engineering, Buildings and Grounds and the Health Departments have offered assistance to Spectra to try and resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
Patti Murgo, FOLAS liaison has requested for anyone interested in donating water and other supplies to FOLAS to follow FOLAS on Facebook. FOLAS also has a Paypal account that can be used to send money for water supplies. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 2151 Linden, NJ, 07036.
Volunteers have been purchasing water as needed. The rescue’s storage area is not large; they currently have enough water but may need more in the near future. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter Monday-Friday between 6-7:30 pm, or Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am and 12 pm. Donations can also be dropped off at TLC Pet Doctor, 1326 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, NJ. Dr. Karen Negrin, DVM, currently serves as FOLAS’ Supervising Veterinarian.
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