New York Construction Report staff writer
Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority (TRWRA) has been awarded $20 million in federal funding to upgrade a wastewater treatment plant.
TRWRA will use the funding to replace a damaged sewer line and build a new main pump station in a lower-risk area. The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
“New Jersey’s resilience against the effects of future storms has been one of my top priorities ever since Superstorm Sandy devastated our state over 10 years ago,” U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr said on Monday. “This funding will help make critical improvements to the sewer line and pump station that will safeguard our rivers and surrounding waters from a devastating sewage spill and future flooding events,”
The water treatment and collection systems serve 90,000 people in six member towns (Fair Haven, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Shrewsbury, and West Long Branch), six customer towns (Eatontown, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury Township, and Tinton Falls), and two military bases. Its facilities include 200 miles of sanitary sewer mains, 18 pump stations, and nine meter chambers.
“Thanks in no small part to the tireless work of FEMA and our congressional delegation, this project will help protect tens of thousands of New Jerseyans from future storms and flooding,” said Governor Murphy. “Crucially, by committing federal dollars toward the overhaul of this critical infrastructure, the state will realize a considerable return on its investment of FEMA resilience funding without imposing additional taxpayer burdens.
“It’s smart, forward-looking investments like these that will better prepare and protect our local communities and economies against the worsening impacts of climate change.”