SUEZ IN NORTH AMERICA COMPLETES MAJOR SAFETY UPGRADE TO WOODCLIFF LAKE DAM
Jan 3, 2016
HAWORTH, NJ, January 4, 2016 – SUEZ in North America officials have announced today the completion of a major safety upgrade to Woodcliff Lake Dam, one of three water supply dams in the Hackensack River watershed that are owned and managed by the company’s northern New Jersey operations.
The $26 million project that began in spring of 2014 will ensure that the dam infrastructure meets stringent safety standards, a top priority of the company. SUEZ’s northern New Jersey operations serve residential homes and workplaces and supply ample water for fire protection for approximately 850,000 people throughout Bergen, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Passaic and Sussex counties.
“The safety of our infrastructure is paramount,” said Laurent Carrot, vice president and general manager, New Jersey operations. “This upgrade will further protect the integrity of the dam.”
In addition to raising two reservoir embankments, the dam’s low level outlet has been rehabilitated, a wall at the base of the dam that will detain additional storm water has been constructed and a new auxiliary spillway that can safely pass intense storms has been installed.
“With powerful storms like Sandy and Irene occurring more frequently in recent years, purveyors of water supply dams must do what they can to protect the integrity of their facilities. The infrastructure will now be able to withstand a storm event equivalent to nearly four times the intensity of Tropical Storm Floyd.”
Church Road that spans the length of the dam and had been closed to traffic while the safety enhancements were made will re-open midday on January 4.
“We are very appreciative to the residents in the area and commuters who frequent Church Road who remained patient while we worked to make the dam safer than ever before.”
Commitment to Safety and Service Reliability
The dam safety upgrade was part of SUEZ’s recent commitment of $187 million in infrastructure improvements in northern New Jersey. Other investments that will directly benefit customers include:
- $60 million dedicated to upgrading or replacing underground assets like water mains and valves that will enhance service reliability and help minimize outages;
- The installation of a new $9 million electrical substation at the company’s Haworth Water Treatment Plant will further ensure service reliability during severe weather conditions.
“These investments will help to ensure safe facilities and reliable water service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
About SUEZ in North America
SUEZ in North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 3,430 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and leading the resource revolution. The company owns 16 regulated water utilities, provides contracted public-private partnership services to 84 municipalities, offers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites, provides drinking water and wastewater services to nearly 6.7 million people on a daily basis, processes 55,000 tons of waste for recycling and manages $3.3 billion in total assets. The company had revenues of $1.1 billion in 2014 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.