The ailing state of New Jersey’s water infrastructure is an old story. Precisely where all the money will come from to upgrade that infrastructure is an ongoing mystery. Good news, then, in an announcement from the Murphy administration that $386 million is being committed to major infrastructure investments “that enhance public health, protect the environment, and create green jobs.”
The state Department of Environmental Protection, working with the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank, has sold bonds — which will mature through 2050 — that will provide a total of $386 million for the projects.
The projects are for green infrastructure, improvements in sewer system collection and treatment, drinking water treatment and distribution system enhancements, as well as projects to reduce or eliminate combined sewer overflows in environmental justice communities. They’re expected to create 4,630 jobs across the state. Among the projects included are:
- Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, $6.5 million for improvements to increase wet weather treatment capacity thereby reducing the frequency and duration of combined sewer overflows in member communities;
- Plumsted Township, $22.8 million for construction of an advanced wastewater treatment facility to eliminate failing septic systems;
- Little Egg Harbor Municipal Utilities Authority, $6.1 million to replace aging potable water mains and construct a new potable water treatment plant;
- Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, $72 million for sludge digester improvements at the wastewater treatment facility to reduce the amount of sludge generated and to generate enough biogas to meet 50% of treatment facility power needs.