A state-of-the-art landfill, recycling center, composting facility and collection fleet are located at the ACUA Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township.
ACUA operates a 40 million gallon-per-day wastewater facility in Atlantic City, NJ, which is powered by renewable energy.
We are committed to seeking out the most sustainable and effective technologies to power our facilities and operations.
By Sara Verrilo
During Hurricane Sandy, ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Plant came within 6 inches of flooding. If the storm had been worse, crucial infrastructure may have been compromised.
In preparation for the next storm, ACUA has applied to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, which provides low-interest loans for water and wastewater infrastructure projects, for the following resiliency projects:
Portable Flood BarriersPortable flood barriers can be inflated for use during storms and other high water events at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and at off-site pumping stations. Estimated cost: $100,000.
An example of portable flood barriers.
SeawallA seawall would be built to surround sections of the facility that are not at a high enough elevation to withstand flooding (indicated in yellow below). The seawall will protect the plant from storm surges that could cause a failure during storms and high water events. DC Water is currently installing similar technology along its Blue Plains plant to protect flooding from the Potomac River. Estimated cost: $8,500,000.
The yellow outline shows the areas that would be guarded with a seawall.
The second image shows an example of a completed seawall.
Once we receive authorization for these projects, we are expected to put them out for bid in the spring and begin construction by summer. The seawall project is currently going through the permitting process with various regulatory agencies before construction can begin.
We’ll keep you posted as the projects get underway.
ACUA Environmental Park6700 Delilah RoadEgg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
ACUA Wastewater Treatment Plant1801 Absecon Blvd.Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 996Pleasantville, NJ 08232
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