Mount Laurel, N.J.
Challenge: A major portion of our sanitary sewer system was constructed in the 1980s during our highest growth period. Unfortunately, the system’s design was centered on lowest initial construction cost. As a result, our 22-square-mile community with only 42,000 residents now has 41 wastewater pumping stations, which is a large operations and maintenance burden. Because many are relatively the same age, multiple stations require major rehabilitation at the same time. The rehabilitations pose an additional strain on manpower, as well as a financial challenge as pressure to divert additional funds from infrastructure maintenance continues.
Solution: We’re stepping up our asset management program and have tied it to our 10-year fiscal planning model. This will help us better schedule and prioritize all rehabilitation work and justify large capital expenditures.