New Jersey American Water recently announced its 2022 end-of-year investment total for system improvements.
More than $575 million was invested on system upgrades and important improvement projects across the company’s service areas throughout the year.
New Jersey American Water is proud to provide safe, affordable and reliable water and wastewater service to our customers, and the investments we make into our infrastructure are the backbone of that success,’ said Mark McDonough, president of New Jersey American Water. ‘From source to tap and back to the source again, our team of professionals works hard to upgrade and maintain our facilities to keep them operating efficiently, meeting or surpassing regulatory standards and delivering high quality water and wastewater service.’
McDonough added, ‘In addition, this level of investment helps fuel the state’s economy by creating more than 9,000 jobs, and generating a steady pipeline of purchasing from suppliers, more than 25 percent of which are certified diverse businesses that we contract with as part of American Water’s Supplier Diversity Program.’
Each year, New Jersey American Water invests millions of dollars in its infrastructure, which includes both maintenance and upgrades to its treatment and distribution, or pipeline, systems. This includes investments into treatment plants, tanks, pump stations, miles of pipe, water mains, fire hydrants and metering equipment.
For 2022, system improvement highlights include: Mains: The company invested $228.4 million to install, replace, or rehabilitate more than 110 miles of main. Pipe improvement projects help improve water quality, pressure, fire protection and service reliability. In addition, approximately $4.3 million in leak detection equipment was invested to enhance our ability to respond to leaks and breaks.
Source Water, Treatment and Other Production System Improvements: New Jersey American Water spent over $89.8 million for improvements at its water treatment facilities, including:
Raritan Millstone Water Treatment Plant – filter rehabilitation and water treatment residual press
Mill Road Station- iron removal
Canal Road Water Treatment Plant – treatment upgrades
Jumping Brook Water Treatment Plant – installation of clearwell and pump station and treatment improvements
Various facilities around the state – automation and control system upgrades
Fire Hydrants: The company replaced 465 fire hydrants and 2,005 valves, an approximately $19.2 million investment.
Service Lines: New Jersey American Water replaced 11,469 service lines; an investment totaling approximately $43.8 million. This includes the replacement of approximately 2,565 lead or galvanized utility-owned and customer-owned service lines as part of the company’s lead service line replacement program.
Tanks/Storage: New Jersey American Water rehabilitated seven water tanks and conducted detailed inspections on 56 tanks, an investment totaling approximately $13.5 million.