New Jersey’s Use of Cisterns for Sustainability

Nov 12

New Jersey’s Use of Cisterns for Sustainability

After withstanding the devastations of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey has initiated strong efforts to implement several resiliency practices to help handle the effects of similar future events. Green infrastructure is one of these key practices. It is essential that these methods be utilized as frequently as possible to promote sound storm water management going forward.  This depends on the extent that Green Infrastructure practices are utilized. Traditional, or gray infrastructure, generally focuses on collecting rainwater and sending it downstream to ultimately be discharged into a waterway. Green infrastructure (GI), on the other hand, mimics natural processes utilizing soils and vegetation to manage rainwater where it falls. There are numerous ways in which this can be applied for an environment of sustainability. Such as the use of cisterns. Cisterns store rooftop runoff in a storage tank placed either above or below ground. Cisterns are used for larger rooftops and can capture and store between 100 and 10,000 gallons of runoff. (Rain Barrels are used for smaller roofs and can only hold about 55 gallons.) The stored water can then be used in non-potable manners such as landscape irrigation, rinsing gardening tools and washing the car. Cisterns can also be rerouted for indoor uses such as toilet water. Cisterns can store water which reduces runoff to streams and storm sewers, particularly for small storms. A filter is used to remove any debris and pollutants from the runoff that goes through the gutter before entering the cistern. A gutter guard can also be used to reduce any leaves, dust and debris that may enter the cistern. Consideration should be taken to ensure a stable and appropriate path of water in for overflows since cisterns are not typically designed for large storm events. Underground cisterns may need special permits and the location for overflows may also need...

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Energy Conservation Solar Power Initiatives

Oct 26

Energy Conservation Solar Power Initiatives

Atlantic City’s City Island Wastewater Treatment Plant’s 40-mgd ( million gallons/day) activated sludge plant finds success by combining strategic energy conservation practices, with some of the largest wind and solar initiatives in the wastewater sector. It’s a committed and combined effort for rate stabilization and environmentalism. The plant saves more than $1.6 million per year in energy costs. Additionally, energy represents 20 percent of the plant’s overall budget, down from 30 percent only a few years ago. The efforts have even turned the plant into a tourist attraction, and its operation has received numerous awards from the National Association for Clean Water Agencies. The City Island plant realized that the first step toward energy savings was to reduce consumption of electricity and natural gas. As such, it targeted improvements in aeration and bio solids processes. While working on energy savings, ACUA (Atlantic County Utilities Authority) began discussions with Jersey-Atlantic Wind LLC, about using wind power to supply part of the plant’s electrical needs, as part of a long-term lease/power purchase agreement. Recently, ACUA moved forward with the $12.5 million wind farm which is considered the first coastal wind farm in the northeastern United States.  Since the start of the operation, it has met nearly 60 percent of the plant’s power needs. The notion of cost-effective wind power drove ACUA to consider solar power, as well. The City Island plant is currently looking into more ways to save energy and help protect the environment. Atlantic City, looking for a highly recommended plumber?  Perma-Liner Industries has partnered with the most knowledgeable plumbers in your area to provide you with outstanding service.  We provide only the best referrals for licensed and certified professionals.  Call us or go online to see how we can help.  1-866-336-2568 or...

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Sea Girt Pump Station Solution

Oct 09

Sea Girt Pump Station Solution

Among the most devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey was the storm’s impact on sewage treatment facilities along the coast. During and after the storm, sewage plants and pump station were inundated by flood waters and without power for as long as three days, resulting in the discharge of some two billion gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage into New Jersey waterways. The environmental damage was unprecedented – and the financial impact was devastating. Total costs to repair and reconstruct the damaged sewage treatment facilities now top more than $100 million. Sewage treatment authorities throughout the state have acted to reduce the risk of a similar disaster. The majority of the Authority’s sewage pump stations were constructed and placed into operation in the 1970s. But in Sea Girt, the authority converted an existing facility constructed in the 1900s. By 2006, that facility had outlived its useful life and the Authority made plans to replace it. The Sea Girt pump station had been flooded in the past, and the likelihood was high that it would experience repeated flooding. While the Authority considered relocating the facility, that idea was not feasible because of the cost, permitting restrictions and the lack of available land in the heavily residential community.  Electrical and control connections between the enclosure and the pump station and its equipment are made with cables and plugs that can be opened to allow removal of the enclosure.  The Sea Girt Pump station withstood the assault by Hurricane Sandy, a 100-year storm. Today, the Authority is implementing the mobile trailer plan at its Pitney pump station and will relocate its Spring Lake station outside of the 100-year flood zone, preventing a repeat of the environmental damage and expense that occurred as a result of...

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Atlantic City Utilities Authority: Green Energy Initiative

Sep 28

Atlantic City Utilities Authority: Green Energy Initiative

The Wastewater facility in Atlantic City is not only in charge of the sewer system but has a solar energy project that is part of a green energy initiative.  The Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm which consists of five, 380 ft. turbines with a capacity of producing a combined 7.5 megawatts of power.  That is considered enough energy to power an estimated 2,500 homes.  The power produced is used to operate the wastewater treatment plant. The wind farm is the first in the state and as an eastern, urban, coastal, industrial, onshore, multi-turbine wind farm, it is one that is unique to the world.   In addition to this unique energy saver, The ACUA maintains approximately 20 strategically located pump stations throughout the county. Ultimately, the wastewater from 14 municipalities is either pumped or flows by gravity to these stations. The wastewater is then pumped through large force mains to the regional wastewater treatment facility located on the outskirts of Atlantic City. Incoming wastewater is collected from 14 municipalities using over 60 miles of force main which discharges into the 40 million gallon per day treatment facility. Atlantic City, Perma-liner has some good news!!  We are introducing a zero down, no payments for 90 days on our state of the art 22ft Perma-Main Turn Key Trailer.  We also include training for this trailer system.  This is our Top Gun system that can rehabilitate 6”-10” diameter pipelines.  There are many other points to consider when using this this powerhouse for installation purposes.  A project that is consists of three installations each approximately 500 ft.  can be completed in 3 days versus the 9 day time frame for a conventional dig.  To find out more about this package deal, call us or go online to...

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South Monmouth Has Paved Way for Mobile Sewer Design

Aug 11

South Monmouth Has Paved Way for Mobile Sewer Design

There is a new plan that has come into action for residents of South Monmouth and beyond. The aftermath of disastrous storms had the City springing into action, thereby developing a better sewer system to include mobile pump stations. Gathering all their resources and expertise the Sewerage Authority has turned pump stations into transportable units. Engineers of this project have put together a list of recommendations when implementing such a plan. When designing a mobile pump station, the noise level and weight restrictions should be taken into consideration. Also, consider the amount of equipment that is held in the trailer and the appearance. Depending on where the mobile unit is located, most residents prefer it to be congruous with the environment. For instance, if the area is beach or summer-like than the mobile unit should reflect that, so it blends in. It is also important to decide ahead of time how functional the unit must be: how far the pump station will be moved (using the most efficient routing) and how quickly it can be transported. Perma-Liner Industries can help! We’ve developed an innovative process and design for trenchless pipeline rehabilitation. Call us or go online to find out more. Perma-Liner.com   Atlantic City, SAVE THE DATE!! Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss this! On September 15th-17th Perma-Liner Industries is hosting a very special event and we’d love to see you!! We’re having our Open House at our facility in Clearwater, FL. and it’s sure to be a great time. We’ll have our excellent staff here to answer all of your questions about Cured-in-Place Pipeline products and our state of the art trenchless technology. Come out and see live demonstrations, share friendly conversations and gain information. Meals will be provided. Please register at no cost: info@perma-liner.com or 1-866-336-2568. Click Here to...

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Frequent Flooding Prompts Sewer Line Inspection

Jul 22

Frequent Flooding Prompts Sewer Line Inspection

The community of Emerson is undergoing a pipeline survey due to recent flooding problems within the borough. Several sewer lines will be inspected, cleaned and drained. Residents of the neighborhood have voiced their concerns after the heavy rains, which prompted the City to take action. This month, the council approved several locations for survey of the pipelines, including Vivian Ave. and Powell rd. So far, there have been seven areas of the underground infrastructure that have reported issues which have been attributed to probable causes of flooding. The City is using a camera within several hundred feet of pipe. This method has most accurately detected the sections of difficulty. There is a budget put in place for the evaluations, which will also include, analyzing specific sizing and structure of the affected pipeline. Perma-Liner Industries is here to help. We have been specializing in the most advanced trenchless, Cured in Place pipeline technology since 1999. Our products and equipment, including our state of the art Perma-Lateral Lining System, will repair and rehabilitate pipes, bridge missing pipe sections and eliminate roots and infiltration. Call us or go online to www.perma-liner.com to find out how we can help.   Atlantic City, SAVE THE DATE!! Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss this! On Sept. 23rd Perma-Liner Industries is hosting a very special event and we’d love to see you!! We’re having our Open House at our facility in Plainfield, IL… and it’s sure to be a great time. We’ll have our excellent staff here to answer all of your questions about Cured-in-Place Pipeline products and our state of the art trenchless technology. Come out and see live demonstrations, share friendly conversations and gain information. Meals will be provided. Please register at no cost: info@perma-liner.com or 1-866-336-2568. Click Here to...

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