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The Ocean County Utilities Authority (OCUA) recently completed clean water improvements that are being funded with approximately $2 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 $668,474 over the 20-year term of the loan or 33% of the total project cost. In addition, this project created an estimated 24 direct construction jobs.
The South Island Beach interceptor (C1-1A) serves the central service area, and the South Island interceptor (S1-11) serves the southern service area of Ocean County. In 2000 and 2010, the C1-1A interceptor was inspected and found to be in poor condition. Relining portions of both interceptors was the most cost-effective solution and was designed to protect the integrity of the wastewater conveyance system. The project improved the reliability of the system to meet the discharge limits and prevent system failures that could result in spills.
All piping was relined using cured-in-place pipe technology while wastewater flow was by-passed around the perimeter of the work area. The project was located on the barrier island beach communities of Berkeley Township, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Long Beach Township and Beach Haven. Rehabilitation of interior surfaces of all manholes within the limit of the project was also included.
Carmen Amato, Mayor of Berkeley Township, one of the municipalities benefitting from the project, gave credit to the OCUA. “The Authority follows a rigorous preventative maintenance program, decreasing system failure and down times. These efforts in combination with continuous inspection and interceptor rehabilitation have significantly reduced treatment costs and, with financing from the Water Bank, will save our ratepayers money over time.”
The project was designed by the OCUA and constructed by North American Pipeline Services, LLC.
Picture courtesy of OCUA