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Gloucester City Set to Replace Their Water Treatment Plant

Gloucester-city-water-works GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ –Gloucester City is set to begin construction for the replacement of its water treatment plant, the sole source of drinking water to its residents and businesses. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 4 pm, at the water treatment plant, to mark the start of the project.

PHOTO:Some may recall that in 1995 the City received a grant of $180,000 from the New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program to restore the exterior masonry of the building.  See New Jersey Historic Trust .

 The existing Gloucester City Water Treatment Plant was originally constructed in the early 1880s. The reservoir and filter building were constructed in 1883, while the settling tank and pump house were constructed in 1921. The main treatment equipment, which are the pressure sand filter tanks were installed in 1959.

The replacement is needed to improve water quality being pumped from the City wells and to replace existing equipment that has exceeded its life expectancy.

The new water treatment plant will be constructed on the site of the reservoir and will include new aerators for gas removal from the well water, plate settlers for iron and manganese removal, new pressure sand filters to polish the water, and air stripper towers to remove chemical contaminants from the water. The replacement plant was designed by the City Engineers, Remington & Vernick Engineers in coordination with the City’s Water Department Director, Fred Schindler, and his staff.

Construction will be performed by L. C Construction of Williamstown, New Jersey for the amount of $ 9,636,000.00. The work will be constructed with organized labor groups from South Jersey. The City is funding the project through a low interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Program

Additional information on the project can be obtained by contacting Fred Schindler, Director of Environmental Utilities Department at (856) 456-0169 or Howard Clark, Director of Community Development @ [email protected] or (856) 456-6075

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