Cities in New Jersey are Reinventing Water Infrastructures

Jun 17

Cities in New Jersey are Reinventing Water Infrastructures

New Jersey has rapidly adapted to many changes within the water infrastructure culture. There have been many important discussions and actions taken on behalf of water quality for communities and neighborhoods in the state. The ability to deliver top grade water to homes is being challenged by an infrastructure that is in varying states of disrepair and collapse. Water is lost at a rate of approximately 20 percent through leaky pipes. It is estimated that the cost to upgrade the infrastructure will be $40 billion over the next 20 years. The city of Hoboken is one of the cities that Jersey Water Works points to as an innovator with its award-winning Rebuild by Design flood prevention plan. The city of Camden is also in the process of rehabilitating the existing infrastructure in order to alleviate the pressure on the system. New Jersey, on a whole, has been successful in the implementation of environmentally friendly areas, such as parks and other facilities, which provide green access and waterfront access reducing the combined sewerage flooding. New Jersey residents have grown accustomed to paying pennies per gallon, even as many of the pipes and pumps and treatment plants that convey that water fall into disrepair. At a penny per gallon, times two gallons per minute for a 10-minute shower, the consumer currently pays about 20 cents. If rates increase to cover infrastructure costs, the same shower may soon cost $2. That’s 50 percent more than the average total bill for New Jersey customers. Coming soon: Perma-liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a “Trenchless Tour” on July 27th in the New England area. We’ll be posting more information on this spectacular event…stay...

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Jersey City’s Labor Intensive Sewer Remodeling

Apr 20

Jersey City’s Labor Intensive Sewer Remodeling

In many cities along the Jersey Shore, sewer infrastructures are being upgraded and redesigned to accommodate growth and an overworked sewer system, which can give rise to various nuisances. Currently, Jersey City is on the assignment of replacing 1,900 feet of sewer on Sixth St. from Grove to Monmouth streets. The $4.2 million project, which began several months ago, is to be completed by summer’s end. The line replacement is just one of $94 million in water and sewer enrichment projects planned throughout the next couple of years. This work will include the replacement or repair of 28,500 feet of sewer lines citywide.  $49 million of the allotted funds for this overhaul will be spent improving the water system.  The list of projects include the installation of a new 8,600-foot main from the southwest section of the city to Newport; cleaning and lining 18,800 feet of water mains north of Journal Square; and replacing 30 large valves citywide. In surrounding cities, such as Camden, problematic combined sewer overflows are among the worst. Even an inch of rain can create a backup of raw sewage up into homes, streets and parks. Camden is trying to reduce its volume of storm water by creating more porous surfaces. Over the last three years, a Camden anti-flooding task force built 32 rain gardens, freshly planted green spaces, to let more rainwater infiltrate into the ground, instead of entering overburdened pipes. Collectively, Camden’s rain gardens soak up 3 million gallons of rainwater a year. Fun advisory: looking for a refreshing spring event? Come out to Bally’s Park Place Boardwalk! The New Jersey Water Environment Association will have their 1st annual ‘Escape the Effluent’ 5K Fun Run/Walk being held on May...

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