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HOUSTON — Synagro Technologies, Inc. has agreed to provide critical support to bring New Jersey’s largest wastewater treatment facility back into operation following damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy.
The Houston-based company is providing 10 centrifuges and additional equipment to the Passaic Valley Sewage Commission facility in Newark, whose operations were curtailed after flooding damaged vital equipment. The facility treats biosolids extracted from 330 million gallons of wastewater each day routed from Newark, Essex, Passaic, Union, Hudson, and Bergen counties, serving more than 3.5 million New Jersey residents. Approximately 35 Synagro employees will work on the recovery project.
The emergency support will allow the facility to continue treating wastewater while it takes steps to regain full operational capacity. Under the terms of the agreement, Synagro will provide support on an as needed basis until the facility becomes fully operational.
Synagro is working alongside the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and state and local officials. As part of this process, the Company re-routed equipment and personnel previously committed to non-emergency services across the country and in Canada.
“In an emergency situation, it is imperative these facilities be brought back into operation as quickly and effectively as possible, both for health and safety reasons,” said Eric Zimmer, the Company’s president and CEO. “I laud the efforts of our entire team and want to thank all of the federal, state, and local authorities who are helping to make our job that much easier.”
Separately, the company also has agreed to provide four belt presses to support a hurricane-damaged wastewater treatment facility in Nassau County, N.Y.
The emergency response contracts follow the Company’s one-week turnaround in taking over Houston’s network of 14 wastewater facilities in conjunction with another service provider when its current contractor ended its contractual obligations.