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Water Treatment & Supply Improvement Project

NJ Society of Municipal Engineers
Project of the Year

Project History:

The South River Water Utility draws its water from two sources, The Farrington Sands Aquifer and the neighboring East Brunswick Water Utility. The Farrington Sands Aquifer is a deep water source which South River draws from three wells.

Prior to 1978, and long before the strict water regulations of today, the Borough basically chlorinated the water drawn from these wells and pumped it into the distribution system for its customers.

In 1978, facing stricter regulations, the Governing Body knew improvements were needed. They commissioned their Borough Engineer to design and build a facility that would properly treat and supply the water drawn in accordance with the regulations of the time.

The facility designed and built at the time contained a Water Treatment Plant consisting of chemical addition to oxidize iron, a filter room, along with chlorination and backwash facilities, laboratory and office areas. Additionally, the facility contained a 2 million gallon surface water storage tank and a pumping facility to pump the treated water into the distribution system.

The facility, constructed and placed on line in 1981 was well received by the Borough and its water utility customers as it supplied a quality product to them. Through the years, aside from sporadically required and emergency issues, the new Water Treatment Plant served the Borough with pride.

In the year 2010 the Governing Body of the Borough again called upon their Borough Engineer, David J. Samuel P.E., P.P., C.M.E. to once again evaluate the almost 30 year-old Water Treatment Plant and develop an improvement plan that will meet the regulations, demands, and technology of today.

Client Requirements:

  • REVIEW AND REPORT ON EXISTING WATER TREATMENT AND SUPPLY FACILITIES
  • DEVELOP AN IMPROVEMENT PLAN THAT WILL ALLOW THE BOROUGH TO CONTINUE TO SUPPLY QUALITY WATER TO ITS CUSTOMERS
  • IN ADDITION TO THE MECHANICAL IMPROVEMENTS, ALSO IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF EACH FACILITY
  • DON'T DISRUPT SERVICE TO CUSTOMERS DURING CONSTRUCTION

Unique or Unusual Design Features:

  • DEVELOP A DESIGN TO REHABILITATE THE EXISTING PRESSURE FILTERS AS OPPOSED TO REPLACING THEM
  • UTILIZATION OF STATE-OF-THE-ART PUMPS FITTED WITH VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES
  • REPLACE LAND LINE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH STATE OF THE ART WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM

The Result:

Through the efforts of their Municipal Engineer along with the Borough of South River Water Utility Staff, the Borough supplied over 420 million gallons of quality water in the past year and continues to supply that same quality water today. With the successful completion of the Water System Treatment and Supply Improvement Project complete, The Borough can remain committed to delivering the best-quality drinking water to its customers for years to come.