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  • Downbeach Force Main Upgrades In Process
    June 11, 2021

    ACUA is embarking on phase two of a major infrastructure improvement to a critical force main that conveys wastewater from Ventnor, Longport, Margate, and a section of Egg Harbor Township, to our wastewater treatment plant in Atlantic City. The $3.7 million dollar investment will upgrade the current pipeline, which prematurely deteriorated from the infiltration of grit (sand and small rocks) from the shore communities.

    The pipeline being replaced stretches under the Atlantic City Expressway and NJ Transit line and across the bay to Bader Field in Atlantic City. The contractor will use a new and unique method to complete the underwater replacement. A directional bore will work its way across the area, digging a hole large enough for the new pipeline. Once it reaches Bader Field, the contractor will then "pull" the new pipeline through the opening.

    Directional Bore 

    The newer technology minimizes disturbance, not only for marine activity, but also of the substrate, water, plants and marine life in the bay. The old way would close the waterways to marine traffic as pipes would need to be floated out to the location and dropped into the dug-out area underwater.

    old bader

    Construction of the original pipeline in the 1970s

    The directional bore began drilling on Thursday, June 10, 2021. This part will only take a few days. Once the new line is pulled through, it will ultimately take months of work to connect the new pipeline to the current system.

    The new pipeline will be made with HDPE rather than steel, which is expected to withstand any grit in the system. 

    Stay tuned for more progress on this important improvement project!

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