SUEZ invests $12.7 million to enhance water service reliability in northern New Jersey

As part of its commitment to ensuring customers continue to enjoy safe water and reliable service, SUEZ North America has completed a $12.7 million transformation of a plant that plays a critical role in serving residents and businesses.

The New Durham Booster Pumping Station pushes up to 25 million gallons of water a day uphill to the 216,000 people SUEZ serves in the higher elevations of Hudson and Bergen counties in northern New Jersey. New high-efficiency pumps ensure that the water will continue to flow while new emergency equipment will keep the station pumping – and the water moving – during power outages.

The project is one of many underway at SUEZ, which is continually upgrading treatment and distribution facilities, replacing miles of aging pipe and innovating on behalf of customers.

SUEZ is investing $1.5 billion over the next five years in infrastructure projects across the country that will enhance service to customers. That includes $620 million in projects in New Jersey alone.

“Residents and businesses depend on us to provide high-quality services and that is why we continue to make long-term investments that improve water quality and reliability,” said David Stanton, President, Utility Operations. “These essential improvements we are making will serve generations to come.”

The New Durham project was challenging because the plant had to be rebuilt while the station continued pumping millions of gallons of water a day to customers. Since 1905 – back when the pumps were powered by workers shoveling coal into a furnace – the plant has played a critical role in forcing water uphill to serve customers in North Bergen, Union City, West New York, Weehawken, Fairview and Cliffside Park communities. The New Durham plant also pushes water to another facility, which serves customers in 12 other municipalities, from Edgewater and Fort Lee to Alpine.

The project in North Bergen was completed without any disruption in service. The result is even more reliable service for customers as well as increased capacity to keep up with growth in the area.

The project:

• IMPROVES OPERATION AND RELIABILITY by increasing the number of booster pumps from four to six, replacing pipes and making other upgrades that ensure SUEZ can meet variable demand and accommodate future growth in the region.
• MAXIMIZES ENERGY EFFICIENCY with better configuration of pipes, new high-efficiency pumps and new electrical equipment.
• ENHANCES PRESSURE SURGE PROTECTION by installing equipment that will respond to water pressure surges at the station and help reduce the potential for main breaks in the system.
• INCREASES WATER MONTORING with new meters that provide better tracking of water usage.

“We completed this complex project while maintaining the highest water quality and without disrupting the reliability of our service to our customers,” said Mark McKoy, Vice President and General Manager, New Jersey Operations. “The southern end of our system is more resilient today because of this needed upgrade.”

About SUEZ in North America

SUEZ in North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 3,260 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and smart and sustainable resource management. The company provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to 6.4 million people on a daily basis; treats over 600 million gallons of water and over 450 million gallons of wastewater each day; delivers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites; processes 55,000 tons of waste for recycling; rehabilitates and maintains water assets for more than 4,000 municipal and industrial customers; and manages $4.1 billion in total assets. The company posted revenues of $1.064 billion in 2017 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.


With 90,000 people on the five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. We provide water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries optimize their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performances, in line with regulatory standards. To meet increasing demands to overcome resource quality and scarcity challenges, SUEZ is fully engaged in the resource revolution. With the full potential of digital technologies and innovative solutions, the Group recovers 17 million tons of waste a year, produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy. It also secures water resources, delivering wastewater treatment services to 58 million people and reusing 882 million m3 of wastewater. SUEZ generated total revenues of $18 billion in 2016.

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