The Mantua Municipal Utilities Alliance recently completed drinking water improvements that are being funded with approximately $2.7 million in loans from the N.J. Water Bank, a joint low-rate funding program of the DEP and the N.J. I-Bank. Total savings for this project are estimated to be $864,374 over the 20-year term of the loan or 32 percent of the total project cost. In addition, this project created an estimated 26 direct construction jobs.
Improvements included the construction of a new well and new well building with the required electrical, mechanical and control infrastructure, including an emergency generator and an upgraded SCADA system. In addition, the project included the rehabilitation of a half-million gallon water storage tower. Based on the most recent inspection reports, the coating on the tank had reached the end of its lifecycle. Improvements to the water storage tank included blasting, spot grinding, filling, welding and painting the tank. The booster pump was also replaced, and a generator was installed with a transfer switch. The replacement of the water tower coating will protect local water supply quality from disturbances related to chemical leaching and rusty water.
The project will keep the municipal infrastructure in good operating condition and facilitate continuing efforts to provide effective water supply and fire protection for residents, businesses and industry served by the MUA.
According to Mayor Pete Scirrotto, “Our commitment to clean water and reliable service requires that we make critical infrastructure improvements. 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.”
“Maintaining the current infrastructure will protect local water quality to ensure a consistent water supply.” said Robert Damminger, Gloucester County Freeholder. “In addition, these improvements will provide more precise monitoring of water quality parameters.”
This project was designed by Sickles & Associates. The well project was constructed by Level-1 Construction, Inc., and the Standpipe was painted by G Meyer Group. The Booster Station Improvements were completed by Clyde N. Lattimer & Son Construction Company, Inc.