New Jersey sewage plant requests $800 million to pay for upgrades
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New Jersey's largest sewage treatment plant, which suffered heavy damage in Superstorm Sandy last October, is requesting approximately $800 million in federal grants to pay for upgrades to help protect it from future storms, according to NorthJersey.com.
The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission said it wants to move crucial equipment to higher ground and build a flood wall around the perimeter of its 140-acre campus in Newark.
The funding would also go towards installing a power generation plant, according to the article.
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The facility handles wastewater treatment for nearly 1.5 million residents along the Passaic River as well as the city of Newark.
Storm surges from Superstorm Sandy caused major flooding at the plant and knocked out power and emergency generators. Over a period of three weeks following the storm, an estimated 4.4 billion gallons of partially treated sewage spilled into the Passaic River.