The Authority Received $2,292,315 in Water Bank Loans. Estimated Savings to ratepayers of $746,265.

NJ I-Bank and NJDEP Helping to Improve New Jersey's Environmental Infrastructure, One Project at a Time

The Rockaway Valley Regional Sewerage Authority (RVRSA) recently completed sewer system improvements that are being funded with approximately $2.3 million in loans from the NJ Water Bank, a joint low-rate funding program of the DEP and the NJ I-Bank. Total savings for this project are estimated to be $746,265 over the 30-year term of the loan or 33% of the total project cost. In addition, this project created an estimated 26 direct construction jobs.  

Sanitary wastewater flows through a collection system made up of a series of sewer lines, chambers and pumping stations. Each member town and customer of RVRSA maintains their own collection system. These sewer lines then flow into the RVRSA main "trunk", which flows via gravity to the RVRSA treatment plant. In 2011, Hurricane Irene caused a portion of the trunk line that crossed the Rockaway River, to wash away. This project included the construction of a replacement sewer on Morris Avenue, a pumping station on Monroe Street, a force main from the new pumping station and a small grinder pump station and force main in Harrison Street. In addition, the downstream section of the Jersey City Trunk Sewer was rehabilitated and relined with cured-in-place lining. 

According to Michael Puzio, Mayor of Rockaway Township, one of the Authority's major customers, "The health of the Rockaway river is an important asset to all communities in the Rockaway area. We recognize the RVRSA for its commitment to the Rockaway River Watershed Cabinet as an active member, participating in local watershed management activities. This project is a salient example of the Authority operating under best practices, dedicated to achieving the highest treatment standards efficiently and protecting the environment while saving our ratepayers money over time." 

This project was designed by Mott MacDonald, managed by Kleinfelder East and constructed by Tomar Construction. 

Pictures courtesy of RVRSA

For more information, contact the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank at (609) 219-8600.

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