Water Mains: An Aging and Crumbling Infrastructure

Mar 28

Water Mains: An Aging and Crumbling Infrastructure

Water infrastructure is invisible to people, but when one fails, it becomes incredibly noticeable. Atlantic City, along with the state of New Jersey, are seeing an increase in failing water and sewer mains, which can pose potential health issues amongst those living there. This growing trend is in part due to the age of the structures, as well as underfunding. The recent nor’easters have not helped the cause. The cost of fixing the infrastructures, in the short-term, is high but the cost of doing nothing will be much higher in the long-term. Jersey Water Works, a cross-sector collaborative working to transform New Jersey’s inadequate water infrastructure through sustainable, cost-effective solutions that provide communities with clean water and waterways; healthier, safer neighborhoods; local jobs; flood and climate resilience; and economic growth, recently distributed a report detailing the growing concerns and what can be done to move New Jersey’s water systems into the 21st century. The report can be found here. Perma-Liner™ Industries is the leading manufacturer and of trenchless pipeline rehabilitation equipment and materials in North America. Our experience in the CIPP industry has allowed us to design, patent and manufacture state of the art technology in order for us to repair structures without excavation. Atlantic City: Perma-Liner™ has an event for you to attend! All are invited to our LIVE DEMO April 25 – 26 in New Castle, Delaware. Click here to register and find out more. You can expect to have our knowledgeable staff on hand demonstrating to you the latest CIPP technology. We hope to see you...

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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 The outdated plan used a collection tank -capable of holding a million gallons of liquid- bringing it to the collection facility.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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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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