STATE AGENCY APPROVES LOAN FOR NEW FLOOD PUMP
Loan Will Also Fund City Hall Sustainable Stormwater Improvement Project
The City of Hoboken's application for a low interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, in partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority, has been approved by the State of New Jersey. The $11.7 million loan will pay for the construction of Hoboken's second wet weather pump station (WWPS) to be built underground near 11thStreet and Hudson Street. The wet weather pump station will be designed, constructed, operated and maintained by the North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) on a long-term lease from the City.
“We are very pleased that our application for this critical flood pump was approved by the State,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The latest National Climate Assessment confirms what we have all been experiencing first-hand -- heavy rain events in the Northeast have increased more than 70% in the last 50 years, and when those downpours occur near high tide, we flood. This pump will help alleviate flooding in Northwest Hoboken, particularly in the area around ShopRite, as part of an integrated four-part ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ water management strategy.”
“The partnership between the City and the Authority is an excellent example of how we can work together to solve the critical infrastructure and environmental challenges facing our communities today,” said Dr. Richard J. Wolff, NHSA Executive Director. “We expect the new H-5 WWPS to operate as effectively and efficiently as the Authority’s H-1 WWPS that has significantly alleviated flooding in the southwestern sections of the City.”
The station, which will consist of two 40 million gallon per day pumps with an emergency back-up generator, will be operated and maintained by North Hudson Sewerage Authority. The City is hopeful that if all paperwork is approved, it will be possible to go out to bid for construction in the fall. Construction is estimated to last approximately 24 months.
In addition to the wet weather pump station, the loan will also fund the City Hall Sustainable Stormwater Improvement Project. The aim of the project is to set an example for other city blocks for how to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that enters the combined sewer system. The project will disconnect downspouts from the sewer and will include vegetated bioswales, a large cistern, community gardens, porous pavers and shade tree pits. The project is estimated to prevent 47% of City Hall's stormwater runoff from entering the combined sewer system and collect an average of 13,122 gallons of rainfall per month.