New Jersey American Water received the 2005 Award for Excellence in the Environmental Quality category from the New Jersey Business & Industry Association for its Eastern Reinforcement Transmission Main Project.
The project, built in several phases, includes over seven miles of water main and allows New Jersey American Water to maintain a reliable supply as demand grows in the company's Northern New Jersey service area. Part of the project included the crossing of the Raritan River and the Delaware and Raritan Canal in an area with contaminated sites, a historic place and structure, a railroad, wetlands and a State Park.
This was done by constructing a tunnel under the canal and river. The design included 1200 ft of a 10-ft diameter rock tunnel carrying a 72-in. diameter steel water main. The completed 72-in. pipeline was successfully placed into service in June 2004.
"This project is another example of our company's commitment to deliver a reliable supply of water to our customers as well as our commitment to be environmental stewards," said Walter Lynch, president of New Jersey American Water.
The project had already earned an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey.