Small New Jersey Township Creates Big Changes to Water Infrastructures

Jul 14

Small New Jersey Township Creates Big Changes to Water Infrastructures

Sussex County New Jersey has come up with a master plan to help with the township landfill, as well as sewage collection process. The outdated plan used a collection tank -capable of holding a million gallons of liquid- bringing it to the collection facility. But new procedures have been implemented to do away with the old, making way for the new. Now, with new techniques, and raising the landfill to higher ground, the facility has been given over 40 more years of usefulness. Additionally, a new pipeline will be installed, bringing the system and processes up to date. The total financing cost for the project is expected to save up to $8 million, over trucking the liquid that drains from the landfill. In a modern landfill, a water-resistant liner is put in the bottom of the landfill and the garbage and trash are piled in. The weight of additional trash, along with gravity, causes liquids in the garbage to collect in the bottom of the landfill where it is piped to a storage tank. The project involves laying a four-inch pipeline, with one end of the pipe connected to the current collection tank and the other end going into a sewer main. The liquid will be pumped through the system, using fewer energy resources. Residents can expect construction to begin next spring, with the pipeline completed by the end of next year. More sewer news:  The Water Company is beginning a pipeline replacement project (along South Finley Avenue) in the Township of Basking Ridge. The water pipes at the intersection of West Oak Street are decades old and in need of replacement. The project is expected to finish within three months. Street closures during construction will be limited to a specific work area. Contact Perma-Liner Industries today for all of your pipelining...

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New Jersey’s Top Universities Launch Flooding Prevention Project

Jun 06

New Jersey’s Top Universities Launch Flooding Prevention Project

New Jersey is home to several outstanding universities, many of which are on a path to leading sustainable causes. From the time that Superstorm Sandy occurred, renowned Universities such as Princeton and Rutgers have made continuous efforts to protect the vulnerable areas of their nearby and respective cities. An initiative currently in process is aimed specifically at controlling the flooding which surfaces in low-lying terrain. An important part of the University project consists of installing rain gardens and rain barrels to block rainwater, an underground stormwater detention basin, as well as extensive wetland restoration. The Students have also designed several other green infrastructure projects. The first is a 50-by-40-foot depression in the ground with 500 plants and 30 shrubs. This is a 2,000 square-foot garden that can handle nearly 15,000 gallons of water. One of the rain gardens was designed to capture and treat stormwater runoff from Memorial Field Park near Tremley Point. The second rain garden, which is approximately 200 feet long and 15 feet wide, will collect runoff from a parking lot and baseball field in Memorial Field Park. This particular garden can capture up to 22,500 gallons of water. Sewer work advisory for Princeton: A Snowden Lane Sewer Project has recently begun and here’s what you can expect when traveling in the area of construction-Snowden Lane, between Barbara Smoyer Park and the stream culvert near the intersection of Overbrook Drive will only be affected in the southbound lane due to a sanitary sewer pipe installation. During the process, Snowden Lane will be closed to through traffic between Herrontown Road and Overbrook Drive. Signs will be visible and work will be conducted during the day, beginning at 7 am. Atlantic City, have you made your plans to attend our Open House? We hope so! It’s in Anaheim, CA and your presence is requested! The Perma-Liner Industries Event will consist of three fun-filled days, chock-full of live demonstrations and information on all of the CIPP technology available. It’s taking place from June 13th-15th. Don’t miss this! Call us to confirm your reservation @ 1-866-336-2568. See you...

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Flooding and Drought: A Proportionate Concern for New Jersey Counties

Apr 06

Flooding and Drought: A Proportionate Concern for New Jersey Counties

Spring has arrived and along with this change of seasons brings a continued concern for drought conditions for many counties within New Jersey.  A collection of data taken in recent months suggests that several reservoirs have fallen well below capacity. Several cities did not get as much snow and rain as it needed during the winter, but the good news is the rain and snow that did occur helped boost the overall water storage levels to nearly 90 percent capacity. However, the cities located in low-lying areas have a different concern-flooding. Many cities are making adjustments to their infrastructure systems in order to better prepare for future storms. Recently, Middlesex County began the construction of a 1,700-foot flood wall. Upon completion the wall is anticipated to reach up to 21 feet above sea level. This is one of many future planned initiatives to assist the state in its resiliency objective in order to be adequately prepared during major storm surges. The funding for these projects is assisted through the Statewide Assistance Infrastructure Loan program which is expressly for the purpose of providing aid for disaster relief projects. The Township is in the process of planning helpful seminars, as well as workshops, to inform local residents on how storm water runoff and flash flooding affect the environment.  The workshops will outline a strategy and detail a long-term control plan on prioritizing several green infrastructure initiatives. Interestingly, a recent evaluation of Best Management Practices for Green infrastructure shows green roofs to have the most expensive capital while also having one of the lowest maintenance costs. Additional County investments will also include projects for enhanced water infrastructure initiatives. Interesting fact: A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher....

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New Jersey Cities Work Together to Improve Local Water Infrastructures

Jan 23

New Jersey Cities Work Together to Improve Local Water Infrastructures

Many cities throughout New Jersey are becoming more attune to the recommendations and benefits of sewer sustainable initiatives. Cities such as Newark, Camden, and Trenton have been awarded green bonds, or funding, to exhibit conscientiousness toward the need for green infrastructures.  The state has recently issued infrastructure bonds as “green bonds” to promote and amplify its commitment to financing water quality infrastructure projects that enhance water resources and protect public health.  Residents of communities across the state are doing their part by volunteering their time and energies in order to clean up local shorelines, rivers and creeks in the New York-New Jersey harbor estuary. Additionally, municipalities are participating in a certification program to promote water infrastructure best practices. Municipalities will be able to receive points for conducting a water loss audit, developing a green infrastructure plan and installing green infrastructure practices within their municipalities. A workshop dedicated to educating on this initiative will be scheduled for early February. A review of the new water infrastructure actions within the certification program will take place concurrently. The city of Hoboken has also recently announced its plan to develop the first Capital Improvement Plan- for intermediate and longer-term investments- in its water distribution system. The Improvement Plan will provide a well-planned approach that optimizes the funding required to maintain water systems in a state of good repair. The city will evaluate and recommend options for managing Hoboken’s water infrastructure and develop a sustainable financial implementation strategy. More strategies close to home: Thomas Edison State University is helping develop a Water Infrastructure Committee of their own. Specifically, as an objective to improve the water infrastructure systems in urban communities. The primary goal of the Water Infrastructure Committee will be to foster awareness regarding combined sewer overflows, as well as identify funding sources and best practices in the management of aging water...

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Resourcefulness of Oysters to help Restore the Coast

Nov 14

Resourcefulness of Oysters to help Restore the Coast

On the shoreline of New Jersey, there are effective and creative efforts taking place to ensure sustainability for the long haul. A group of dedicated volunteers began the installation of a first of its kind urban living shoreline.  The living shoreline will consist of an artificial reef using live oysters and concrete structures known as oyster castles to reinforce and protect the coast. The oyster castles will provide the necessary hard surface that oysters can attach and grow on. This project is one of the first times groundbreaking oyster castles will be used in New Jersey.  After Hurricane Sandy, it became clear that coastal well-being should have been a swift priority.  The Living Shoreline Project is intended to provide data to address the impending threats of climate change and shoreline erosion. The project will determine if a living shoreline can protect the surrounding environment, improve water quality, and create aquatic habitat in the urban NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Interestingly, oysters have a unique capacity to filter and clean water, provide habitat for other sea life and improve resiliency to storm surge and erosion. Oysters once thrived in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. However, overharvesting, pollution and sedimentation of reefs resulted in a concentrated population decline which gave way to an unsustainable oyster population in the Harbor area. The good news is that a restoration effort is in progress. Atlantic City, did you know that there will be a community fair for all affected by Hurricane Sandy? The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will provide New Jersey residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy with information about available housing resources during a free Housing Resource Fair on Friday, Nov. 18.  Also, if you are applying for a disaster loan for losses caused by Hurricane Sandy, you’ll need to apply (no later than) December 1st.  Residents in all 21 New Jersey counties are eligible to apply. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Additionally, homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal...

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