History of Wastewater Management in Atlantic County

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The History of Wastewater Management in Atlantic County

In the late 1960's, Atlantic County officials recognized the need to provide comprehensive wastewater management in the County. Numerous small sewage treatment plants were located in the County, which discharged to streams, tidal waters, and other surface waters. These situations resulted in a degradation of the County's fresh water, estuarine and marine environments.

In 1969, the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted the formation of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA). Implementation of a program to manage wastewaters generated in the County was not only vital to protecting the County's environment and the health of its citizens and tourists, but also vital to the economic growth and stability of the region. New Jersey's casino industry would not have been possible without adequate wastewater management capabilities.

ACUA Regional Wastewater Treatment System

With the necessary state and federal funding secured, construction of the ACUA's Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility commenced on October 23, 1975. The regional wastewater system began operation on September 18, 1978.


Throughout the 1980's additional sewage,generated mostly as a result of new residential and commercial development, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and the growth spawned by the casino / hotel industry was accommodated by the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. Established developments with falling septic systems were also accommodated.

In 1991, Egg Harbor City and the Garden State Parkway's Atlantic City Service area diverted all flows to the ACUA's Facility. This resulted in the closure of two additional sewage treatment plants. In 1992, the completion of a interceptor line extending to Mays Landing, facilitated the closure of the three additional sewage treatment plants.

The Water Quality
...In 1970...And In 1995
In 1970, the waters of our bays were largely
condemned for the taking of shellfish.
In 1995, the waters of our bays were
approved for seasonal shellfishing


Today, there are currently 14 participating communities serviced by the ACUA's Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. These include: Absecon, Atlantic City, Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Twp., Galloway Twp., Hamilton Twp., Linwood, Longport, Margate, Northfield, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor.

The ACUA utilizes a system of gravity interceptors and force mains to transmit raw wastewater collected in local sewage systems to the Regional Plant for treatment. This collection system utilizes approximately 60 miles of pipe and more than twenty pumping stations to convey the raw wastewater to the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The ACUA employs a staff that is responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the collection system. The pumping stations are serviced every day, including weekends and holidays.

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