Long Beach Township Receives Water Bank Loans to Upgrade Pump Station

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Jul 31, 2019
Courtesy of: Owen, Little & Associates

Long Beach Township — Long Beach Township recently completed improvements to its Brant Beach Water Treatment Plant funded by approximately $1.2 million in loans from the N.J. Water Bank (formerly the N.J. Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program), a joint low-rate funding program of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and the N.J. Environmental Infrastructure Trust. The project qualified for a loan that offered principal forgiveness totaling $500,000, as it addressed the needs of a community with a population not greater than 10,000.

Including interest cost savings, the total amount of savings for the project is estimated at $913,491 over the 30-year term of the loan, or 71 percent of the total project cost.

The work, meanwhile, created an estimated 14 direct construction jobs.

“This project brought the pump station into compliance with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) flood zone regulations and the Safe Drinking Water Act,” said township Mayor Joseph H. Mancini. “The facility is now protected against flooding and sustained power loss, improving resiliency for residents in the case of future storms.

“We took advantage of principal forgiveness from the N.J. Water Bank and a USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) grant for a combined savings of $1 million,” he added. “For these reasons, this project has been nominated for an AQUARIUS award presented by the EPA. We are hopeful because this project represents improved protection and hefty savings for our ratepayers over time.”

The AQUARIUS Recognition Program, housed within the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, annually recognizes projects for “exceptional focus on sustainability and protection of public health,” as noted on epa.gov.

All participating projects must meet three criteria – Drinking Water Act compliance, financial integrity and public health benefits – in addition to demonstrating leadership in one or more of the following areas: emerging contaminants, aging infrastructure, innovative financing, affordability, water loss control, efficient water and/or energy use, creative approach to project planning and implementation, or water system partnerships.

The Brant Beach Water Treatment Plant, on Bayview Avenue, was built approximately 50 years ago without any flood protection, and was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy. As the N.J. Water Bank explains, the facility’s “water quality and capacity were impacted by flood water, which shut down the plant’s pumps and electrical components necessary to operate the system.”

“This drinking water project included the demolition and reconstruction of existing Well Building No. 3 and the Generator Room to meet FEMA’s 500-year flood elevation requirement, as well as the installation of new equipment.”

The project was designed by Owen, Little & Associates and constructed by TKT Construction Co. Inc.

— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

juliet@thesandpaper.net

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