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Authority Receives $1,551,143 in Water Bank Loans. Estimated Savings to ratepayers of $316,727.
The Franklin Township Sewerage Authority (FTSA) recently completed pipe rehabilitation that is being funded with approximately $1.5 million in loans from the NJ Water Bank, a joint low-rate funding program of the DEP and the NJ I-Bank. Total savings for this project are estimated to be $316,727 over the 20-year term of the loan or 20% of the total project cost. In addition, this project created an estimated 19 direct construction jobs.
The FTSA recently experienced two wet weather Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) at a shallow manhole located near Easton Avenue. Sanitary sewage from these overflow events flowed to a stormwater inlet and was subsequently discharged to the Raritan River. After the two overflow events, the FTSA conducted closed circuit television inspection of various stretches of sanitary sewer in the Foxwood Drive and Parkside drainage areas. Several individual pipe defects were discovered, as well as a significant number of lateral connections and sewer segments in need of repair due to pipe deterioration.
The project, which, involved trenchless rehabilitation, minimized impacts to area residents and included the cleaning, television inspection, cured-in-place pipe lining, point repair, grout and pressure testing of joints, and maintenance of wastewater flows. These changes will significantly improve the structural integrity of the sewerage system.
The FTSA Chairman, William Galtieri observed, “This project is an example of proactive monitoring and repair. The completion of this project eliminates preventable infiltration and in-flow (I&I) of other water sources which, as additional flow, increases treatment and costs our ratepayers. The FTSA continues to update our system to maintain cost efficiencies and environmental protections. FTSA staff conducts continuous monitoring of our pipes and pump stations throughout the year to identify areas in need of cost saving rehabilitation. This project is a result of early identification of those areas and a strong partnership with the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank and the NJDEP.”
This project was designed and managed by CME Associates and constructed by National Water Main Cleaning Company.
Picture courtesy of CME Associates.