Jersey City to upgrade sewer system

September 2011, Vol. 66 No. 9

The Jersey City, NJ, Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA) will spend more than $52 million on sewer repairs and upgrades and pay a civil penalty of $375,000 after repeated violations of the Clean Water Act, according to a settlement with the federal government.

The JCMUA has violated the environmental law by releasing untreated sewage into the Hackensack and Hudson Rivers, as well as Newark Bay and Penhorn Creek, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Under the settlement, the JCMUA is required to comply with its Clean Water Act permit and will conduct evaluations to identify the problems that led to releases of untreated sewage. It will also complete repairs to approximately 25,000 feet of sewer lines over the next eight years, and invest $550,000 into a project that will remove privately owned sewers from homes in several neighborhoods in Jersey City and replace them with direct sewer connections.