The Berkeley Township Municipal Utilities Authority (BTMUA) service area is a portion of Berkeley Township in Ocean County. There are six entities that purvey water in the Township. The BTMUA provides service to approximately 3,300 residencies which are all located east of the Garden State Parkway.
The BTMUA draws its raw water from the Piney Point Aquifer utilizing three 700 gpm screened ground water wells located at their Station Road Water Treatment Plant. The Authority's "Firm" source capacity is approximately two (2) million gallons per day in accordance with NJDEP criteria. The NJDEP defines "Firm" capacity as source/treatment capacity minus the largest source or treatment component.
The Authority has a limited amount of their Firm Capacity remaining, which may restrict residents that depend on individual water supply wells in the service area from connecting to the Authority's distribution
system. Well No. 4 is required to provide the Authority with increased reliability and to increase the Authority's Firm Capacity. The Authority selected a site for the new well that is located approximately 900 ft east of the three existing wells.
The Authority is completing the Well No. 4 project in two phases. The first phase of the project consists of the construction of the test well which includes drilling the well, installation of the casing pipe, screens and gravel and performing aquifer and water quality tests. The 465 ft. deep test well consisted of 40 ft of 30" diameter surface casing, 332 ft of 20" dimeter outer casing, 352 ft of 14" inner casing and 108 ft of 14" diameter stainless steel screen.
Phase II will include the installation of the well pump, construction of the well building, transmission main from the well site to the Station Road Water Treatment Plant and modifications to the existing piping at the treatment plant.
On behalf of the Authority, CME Associates coordinated with the NJDEP for funding through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Fund. The NJEIT required the project be completed in two phases to be considered eligible to receive funding.