Townbank Water Main Improvements
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The Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority was awarded $2.7 million in grants and $8.1 million in loans from the USDA to fund the $10.8 million water main improvement project for Townbank/Villas areas. The proposed water main improvements will ensure each resident in the project area will have access to safe potable water meeting all State and Federal Safe Drinking Water guidelines as well as improved fire safety.
Currently, the residences in the Townbank/Villas areas rely on private wells for potable water service. Due to confirmed high-level contaminates in the groundwater supply, the LTMUA proposed to install a water main throughout the area to provide contaminate-free public water to those residences. The water main infrastructure expansion will include extending the 12" water main located on Townbank Road along Clubhouse Drive to Cox Hall Creek and installing new 8" water mains with fire hydrants along all municipal streets. The proposed water main improvements will store a total of 368,600 gallons of water. Multiple connection points with the water mains will be provided to the Villas water main infrastructure to provide redundancy, increase flow and reduce the chances of a potential public water outage in the Villas section and throughout the Township.
In an efford to provide the maximum amount of service area at the lowest cost, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) C-900 pipe was selected due to its lower installation cost and its long service life. The water main installation project will have minimal annual operating costs. Costs will include short-term assets, including pumps and emergency repairs
Since 1968, the LTMUA has been committed to the residents of Lower Township to improve their quality of life for now and in the future. The LTMUA takes great pride in reducing spending, implementing green altermatives and streamlining procedures to operate as efficiently as possible to satisfy the water and sewer needs of the entire community.
Estimated start - Phase I Transmission Line - January 2011
- Design of water mains by engineer
- Prepare bid specifications of project
- NJDEP Permit to construct the water mains
- Advertise the bid specifications
- Award the bid to the lowest bidder
- Issue order to proceed with construction of project
- Mobilization of Contractor to start the project
- Estimated start of project January 2011
Construction Phases of Project
- Phase I - Transmission water mains from Townbank Road to Clubhouse Drive to Bay Drive to Wildwood Avenue to Bayshore Road to Fishing Creek Road
- Phase II - Water mains from Englewood Road to Pinewood Road
- Apply for Major Modification to NJDEP Water Allocation Permit
- Phase III - Water mains from Mallow Road to Delview Road
- Phase IV - Water mains from Champlain Drive to Wildwood Avenue
- Construction of new Well #8 at Cape May Airport
Aspects of Project
- Install 104,000 linear feet of 8" and 12" PVC water main
- Install 5,000 linear feet of 8" PVC water main on Breakwater Road for Well #8
- Install water services to 2,500 existing homes in the Townbank and Villas areas
- Install fire hydrants throughout the project area
- Drill and install a new Well #8
- Seal old Well #1 at Scott Avenue along the Bayfront
Cost of Projects
- USDA Grant - $2,686,000.00
- USDA Loan 2.5% interest for 40 years - $8,167,000.00
- LTMUA Bond for balance of project - $1,397,000.00
- Total Cost of All Projects - $12,250,000.00
Project must be completed by August 2015
750 kW Solar Array Project
The Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority (LTMUA) has awarded a second solar panel contract to Cambria Solar of Pleasantville, New Jersey. The contract is a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that includes a new 750 kW per hour solar power unit. The LTMUA currently has been operating a 50 kW solar unit under a PPA agreement with Calvi Electric of Atlantic City, New Jersey since February 2010 and has been saving an average of $1,200 per month on electric bills.
The new 750 kW unit is similar to the 50 kW unit as the LTMUA spent ZERO capital dollars for the construction of the units. The 50 kW unit produces electric at a cost to the LTMUA of ZERO per kW for electrical power generated by the unit for the next fifteen years. The new 750 kW unit produces electric at a cost to the LTMUA of $0.0375 per kW for electrical power generated by the unit for the first five years with an escalation rate to $0.05 per kW during the fifteen year term of the contract. The LTMUA currently pays Atlantic City Electric Company an average of $0.14 per kW of energy used. Both contracts are for fifteen years each, but the units have a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years.
The LTMUA supplied the ground space where the units were constructed at the Wastewater treatment Plant (WWTP), 2900 Bayshore Road, Villas, New Jersey. The WWTP currently uses over 900 kW per hour to operate the sewage treatment plant. When operational, both solar units will produce almost One Meg of power. LTMUA plans to reduce their dependency on Atlantic Electric during its operation over the next fifteen years.
The LTMUA estimates a cost savings on electricity supplied by Atlantic City Electric of $15,000 per month when the new project is completed. The LTMUA routinely reviews its daily operations for Green alternatives, cost savings and efficiency, which results in savings for its rate payers.