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$75 million project will create more than 200 construction jobs
New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and New Jersey American Water President John R. Bigelow were joined by state and local government officials, community leaders and employees this week at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the company’s new state-of-the-art water treatment plant on John F. Kennedy Blvd. in Short Hills.
New Jersey American Water is replacing its 1920s-era Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant with a modern facility, which is scheduled to be in service by June 2012. The approximately $75 million project will create upwards of 200 construction jobs and when complete, the new treatment facility will have the capacity to deliver nearly 14 million gal of water per day to customers in the New Jersey American Water’s Short Hills service area.
The new plant, which is being constructed to meet the 2012 standards for disinfection byproducts under the Safe Drinking Water Act, will have advanced capabilities to improve the taste and smell of water, will add improved security and safety measures and data collection, and protect the plant from occasional flooding.
New Jersey American Water also will apply to have the new plant LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, as it will be equipped with many environmentally friendly features, including premium efficiency pump motors, high-efficiency lighting fixtures, use of natural lighting and water-efficient plumbing fixtures.
The Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant serves New Jersey American Water customers in portions of Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties and sits on more than 500 acres of land.
CDM Constructors Inc. with offices in Edison, N.J., and Hatch Matt MacDonald of Millburn, N.J., are the design-build team of the new water treatment plant.