Longport: Small Town, Big Plans for Conservation

Feb 24

Longport: Small Town, Big Plans for Conservation

Longport is populated with just under 900 residents.  It is a small, quaint town just a stone’s throw from Atlantic City. This tiny borough is facing high water usage which has recently become a concern making it necessary to seek out a means for conservation of water and reduce stress on an aging water system. Longport is hoping to stave off expensive infrastructure repairs, something that can be a particular burden to municipal water systems that lack the massive capital of big private systems such as New Jersey American Water. After Superstorm Sandy, there were a lot of pipes that needed to be replaced or repaired due to settlement from flooding. Within the last several years, the Water Department has spent $775 million on water system upgrades.  Longport is currently in the process of replacing 8,100 feet of aging water main in Ocean City from 12th to 15th streets. Residents now have a fixed service charge of $13.60 per month. In the Wildwoods, which have shared a single municipal water utility among the four towns since the early 1900s, rates are calculated quarterly and include a fixed service charge of $24.85 per quarter. Conservation efforts expected to be in place this year include increasing the amount of times per year the meter is read (currently once a year), going to even/odd lawn-watering days and regulation of new landscaping. Atlantic City, did you know that a program is underway to protect homeowners from future flood and storm damage called Restore the Shore? Qualifying participants can apply for up to $30,000 in Reimbursement Grants. The program is entitled the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Elevation Program. This is a FEMA-funded reimbursement program designed to assist homeowners in affected communities with the elevation of their primary single-family residences to meet requirements of the flood insurance risk maps and State and local...

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The Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program

Dec 14

The Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program

The EIFP (Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program) is a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, providing low-interest loans for environmental infrastructure projects. Since 1988 the clean water and drinking water components of the EIFP have awarded more than $5.7 billion in loans throughout the State.  Recently, 952 of the 1179 funded projects totaling more than $4.6 billion in construction costs have been completed, have initiated operations, and have been administratively closed out; 227 projects totaling slightly more than $1.1 billion in project costs are actively contracting or under construction. Assistance recipients must certify that it has studied cost-effectiveness, and has selected a project with the greatest potential for water reuse, water conservation, and energy conservation. The Department reserved 50% of the available principal forgiveness funds and provide principal forgiveness loans for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) abatement projects utilizing green practices (such as green roofs, blue roofs, rain gardens, porous pavement, and other activities that maintain and restore natural hydrology by infiltrating, and harvesting and using stormwater) and for integrated water resources planning. For all new projects, the Financing Package includes an interest-free loan from the Department for up to 75% of the allowable project costs and a market-rate loan from the Trust for the remaining allowable costs. Atlantic City, Perma-liner Industries has some exciting information that must be shared now as time is of the essence! It’s the Section 179 Deduction. This allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. Give us a call so we can offer you our very best products and services now.  1-866-336-2568/...

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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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