An award-winning New Jersey water treatment plant is in the midst of a water treatment modernization program that could make up to $5 million in water treatment efficiency.
The North Jersey Water District, the state’s largest water utility, is paying $200,000 to install a new system that includes new and improved pumps, filters, water treatment equipment and water treatment systems.
Water from Lake Erie is used to heat the water at the North Jersey Power & Light Co. water treatment station in the town of Lakeville.
The plant produces a large amount of water and feeds it to several other water treatment plants in North Jersey.
The New Jersey Water Development Authority, which oversees the plant, is in talks with the company, which operates at least one other water plant in the region, about purchasing the system.
The contract will not be finalized until the plant is fully operational, said Mark D’Ambrosio, director of the North Atlantic Regional Water Supply Authority, the water authority that owns the plant.
The water treatment facility has been in operation since the 1940s.
D’Ambosio said the company is in discussions with the state about what the state can offer the North Bergen and Middlesex counties, which share the plant with the North Hudson River Water Authority.
North Jersey residents are expected to receive their first tap water on Thursday from the water system that will supply the water treatment facilities at the plant as well as the North New Jersey Nuclear Power Plant.
North Bergen County and Middlese County, which is the county with the largest population in North Berge, are expected later this month to receive water from the plant’s water treatment system.