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NJ I-Bank Project of the Week: Jackson Township MUA Facility Demolition & Storage Tank Replacement. Authority receives $7 million in Water Bank loans. Estimated savings to ratepayers of $2 million.
The Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority (JTMUA) recently completed drinking water improvements to its storage facilities that are being funded with approximately $7 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 $2.1 million over the 30-year term of the loan or 30% of the total project cost. In addition, this project created an estimated 84 direct construction jobs.
Improvements to the JTMUA Manhattan Street Complex were necessary to meet current and future water supply needs and to provide for storage and staffing needs. Additionally, the water storage tanks, and the field office building had reached the end of their useful lives.
The original 0.2M Gallon elevated tank and 1.0M Gallon ground storage tank had structural defects, were corroded, and needed replacement. The tanks were replaced with a single 2.0M Gallon tank. The original booster station was replaced with new pumps, controls, and instrumentation which facilitated a more efficient distribution system with higher water pressure and less energy consumption. The wellhouse for well #3, which was attached to the field office, was demolished, and replaced with a warehouse to store new pumps, chemical feed for well #3, and parts and materials.
"Our commitment to clean water and reliable service requires that we make critical infrastructure improvements," said Michael Reina, Mayor of Jackson Township. "In addition to enhancing the integrity of our service, these upgrades contribute to the overall efficiency of our water distribution system and the economic vitality of our township by passing the savings on to our ratepayers."
This project was designed by OBG in conjunction with JTMUA in-house engineering and constructed by Eagle Construction Services as the General Contractor and the tank was built by Fisher Tank.
Picture courtesy of JTMUA