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United States Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Middlesex County Utilities Authority announce major water infrastructure project

Multi-million state and federal funding drives upgrades to central wastewater treatment facility

Post Date:03/19/2024

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The Middlesex County Utilities Authority (MCUA), along with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (NJ I-Bank), is proud to announce a major infrastructure improvement project that will enhance the efficiency and reliability of its wastewater treatment operations. The Return Sludge Pump Station (RSPS) Rehabilitation project marks a significant investment in the ongoing commitment of the MCUA to environmental stewardship and public health in Central New Jersey. This estimated $22.8 million project will be financed by a loan through NJ Water Bank, boosted by funding from EPA allocated through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It is scheduled for completion in approximately three years.

“This multi-million-dollar funding will help us rebuild resilient, critical infrastructure while stabilizing rates for our ratepayers, and taxes for our residents,” said Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios. “In addition, this construction will bring good-paying union jobs to Middlesex County, benefitting our economy and making good on our commitment to our brothers and sisters in labor.”

“This project underscores our commitment to the highest standards of wastewater treatment and environmental protection,” said Executive Director of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority Joseph Cryan. “By modernizing our infrastructure and enhancing operational efficiency, we continue to uphold our mission of safeguarding public health and preserving the environment for future generations while keeping prices down for our ratepayers.”

“The MCUA is pioneering in many facets of waste management, and this is yet another example of their future-minded thinking and focus on sustainability,” said Middlesex County Commissioner and Chair of Infrastructure Management Committee Charles Tomaro. “I thank the MCUA leadership, its Board, their hardworking employees, and the EPA for this substantial funding to make it all possible.”

“EPA’s State Revolving Fund Programs provide states with the flexibility to work on projects that meet their highest priority water quality needs. With the largest investment in history from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA is providing New Jersey unprecedented funds for key water infrastructure investments, like the project we’re breaking ground on today,” said EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. “This project will ensure Middlesex County helps meet environmental standards to protect aquatic resources, ensure public health and increase infrastructure resiliency for the benefit of the community.”

“The Murphy Administration is committed to modernizing water infrastructure across New Jersey. A big part of this mission includes important work at the state’s wastewater treatment facilities to replace aging components and install the latest technology to better protect public health and the ecological health of our waterways,” said New Jersey Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette. “The DEP is proud to join with our colleagues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support the Middlesex County Utilities Authority with the funding to make this project a reality.”

MCUA owns and operates a regional wastewater collection and treatment system that serves 36 municipalities within Middlesex County and portions of Somerset and Union Counties. Utilizing innovative waste management solutions and sustainable practices, MCUA ensures the proper treatment of wastewater from over 943,000 residential, commercial, and industrial sources before discharge into the Raritan Bay and Raritan River, in compliance with stringent environmental regulations.

The RSPS Rehabilitation targets the essential infrastructure originally constructed as part of an expansion that took place in the 1970s. These stations play a vital role in maintaining the concentration of activated sludge in the oxygenation tanks, a key component of the biological treatment process. The project includes the installation of new plug valves, pipe segments, flow meters, and waste sludge pumps, along with necessary repairs and cleaning.

With meticulous planning, MCUA will ensure minimal disruptions to plant operations and seamless functionality throughout the construction process.

For more information about the Middlesex County Utilities Authority and its initiatives, please visit: www.mcua.com.

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