Water Filtration Project Begins

Photo by Chris Lundy

BERKELEY – Construction is underway to build three iron removal treatment facilities in Bayville.

The $12 million project, funded by Aqua New Jersey, will treat 1.4 million gallons of water a day, from a new well as well as three existing wells, according to a press release from the company.

Residents had been complaining about the water quality at recent Township Council meetings. They said that the water is discolored, smells bad, and stains toilets if left too long. One resident had his water tested, and it was found to have high levels of iron and aluminum. It also had radionuclides, a naturally occurring radioactive substance. Aqua had responded, stating that the radionuclides were within state and federal standards. The iron and aluminum, at those levels, would be more of an aesthetic concern, rather than a health concern.

Aqua representatives had stated that the water undergoes “rigorous” treatments, including volatile organic compound removal, iron sequestration, pH control, and chlorine addition. It was explained that iron sequestration prevents color or cloudiness but doesn’t actually remove the iron. That will be done with the new system.

This project will improve water quality by removing naturally occurring iron from groundwater supply wells, while also supporting the growing community in Berkley Township, the company said. The project is scheduled to be complete in July of 2019.

“Aqua New Jersey’s top priority is to deliver safe, reliable drinking water and wastewater services to our customers,” said Aqua New Jersey President John Hildabrant. “We have taken on an aggressive schedule to complete this project to benefit our Bayville customers to continue to provide them with high quality drinking water.”

The township had pledged to expedite Aqua’s application to construct the filter

Mayor Carmen Amato said township officials – and residents – are pleased that the work is continuing and hope it moves quickly.

The township hired its own engineer, Najarian Associates, to test the water to make sure it was safe.

“Many residents have had to endure substandard water and that wasn’t right,” he said. “We’re pleased that the water quality will be improving for our residents. We will continue to monitor the construction and when necessary, hold them accountable.”