North Hudson Sewerage Authority announces:
NHSA INSTALLS TEMPORARY OUTFALL INTO HOBOKEN/WEEHAWKEN COVE
HOBOKEN, NJ (DECEMBER 12, 2012) -- The North Hudson Sewerage Authority has installed a
temporary outfall into the Hoboken/Weehawken Cove at 16th Street and the Hudson River. The
temporary outfall is being used while the permanent 60 year old, underground outfall pipe
running from the Adams Street treatment plant to the River undergoes extensive repair and
rehabilitation. The temporary outfall empties into the Hudson above ground, as opposed to the
permanent outfall under repair, which runs below ground for its entire length.
The discharge into the Hudson River is highly treated effluent at a secondary level, fully
compliant with all NJ Department of Environmental Protection requirements. The latest
monthly monitoring (November), which is regularly reported to the State, demonstrated that
the effluent exceeded the NJDEP requirements for treatment in all categories. This level of
treatment makes the water discharged through the temporary outfall even cleaner than the
The rehabilitation of the permanent underground outfall line will take approximately 18
months. The line is being repaired because of its age (over 60 years old) to ensure its integrity
for decades to come. This preventative maintenance avoids potential underground sewer line
breaks and leaks which can lead to roadway collapses and environmental spills. The repairs
have nothing to do with adding treatment capacity at the Adams Street plant.
Dr. Richard J. Wolff, Chairman of the NHSA, said, “We know that the public is not used to seeing
the treated effluent being discharged into the Hudson above the water line. Normally, the
discharge is below the water surface. However, we should keep in mind that the effluent is
exceeding secondary treatment levels. So, by all environmental standards, it is extremely clean.
As soon as we are able to complete the repair of the below ground permanent line, we will take
the temporary above ground line out of service.”