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03/23/12

ACUA hosts NJIT Engineers without Borders Group for Windfarm Tour

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) will host a group from the New Jersey Chapter of Engineers without Borders on Saturday, March 24, 2012. This group, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), will tour ACUA’s Facilities, beginning at 2 pm at the Wastewater Treatment Facility (home of the Jersey Atlantic Wind Farm) located at 1801 Absecon Blvd. in Atlantic City. The group will then visit the Haneman Environmental Park, at 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp.

WHO:  Engineers without Borders is a national humanitarian non-profit organization with over 250 chapters that aims to address the problems people face in financially unstable countries by using student skills in hopes of improving the lives of others through sustainable engineering solutions. The NJIT chapter, formed in 2008, is helping the villagers in Milot, Haiti. Engineering students have worked with villagers to improve access to drinking water and to improve sanitation.

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) provides wastewater and solid waste management for residents of Atlantic County, New Jersey. ACUA operates a 40 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility in Atlantic City, NJ, which is home to both a 500 kW solar array and 7.5 MW wind farm. ACUA’s solid waste facilities are located within its Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, and include a landfill, single stream processing facility, transfer station, compost facility and CNG fueling station. The facility is also host to a 5.4 MW landfill gas to energy project.

WHAT: NJIT Students from Engineers without Borders will tour ACUA’s facilities to learn more about innovative projects from practicing engineers and professionals at ACUA.

WHERE: Wastewater Treatment Facility (home of the Jersey Atlantic Wind Farm) located at 1801 Absecon Blvd. in Atlantic City at 2 pm. The group will then visit the Haneman Environmental Park, at 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp.
  
WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2012 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Atlantic City

WHY:  NJIT’s group has focused their attention on Haiti. Seventy five percent of the Haitian population does not have running water and must get water from unsanitary locations. Poor quality drinking water is responsible for many avoidable cases of water borne illnesses ranging from upset stomachs, diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, and typhoid. NJIT’s Engineers without Borders is working to lessen the impact of medical problems associated with waterborne diseases.

For more information on the work of the NJIT Engineers without Borders group:
http://www.ewb-usa.org/projects/locate-project/search_x/co_105/ch_100133
http://trailblazerbusinessfutures.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/engineers-without-borders-bringing-clean-water-to-haiti/
http://www.ewb-usa.org/projects/locate-project/search_x/co_105/ch_100133



 
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