Blog  /  April 2017  /  Aging Infrastructure and Water Quality are Wreaking Havoc on the Atlantic Coast

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The Atlantic coast is prone to issues with infrastructure, drought, and water quality issues in states like New Jersey and West Virginia. Most of this is due to an aging and poorly maintained infrastructure and increasing climate issues, and a lot of this is affecting the state of New Jersey. Many of the bids I have posted in New Jersey have dealt with supplying water treatment chemicals and sewer and water line repairs. This has also been the case in West Virginia and the rest of the region.


Recently, however, things are looking up for New Jersey in terms of its water quality. Recently the US Geological Survey reported that New Jersey’s nitrogen and phosphorous levels had either stagnated or decreased in 25 of the 28 study sites. This was the most comprehensive study of water quality done in New Jersey in the last 40 years.


Not specific to this region, aging infrastructure and water quality has become a focal point of water and wastewater providers. With aging infrastrcutre coming under scrutinty and negatively impacting water quality, service providers are searching for ways to reduce the total amount of non-revenue water and increase water quality to their rate payers. Several areas have listed projects of signifcant size including the County of Bergen in New Jersy, City of Trenton, and the Township of Sparta.


West Virginia has also been dealing with water quality issues because of its dependence on the coal industry and dumping of waste chemicals into local bodies of water. This chemical dumping caused water to be flammable and temporarily undrinkable. This resulted in a lawsuit and subsequent settlement of $151M. West Virginia American Water Co. will pay up to $126 million and chemical distributor Eastman Chemical will pay $25 million.


Another state of interest in the region is Maryland. According to its 2017 infrastructure report card, it has a $9.92B wastewater infrastructure need over the next 20 years, $6.9 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years, and 82 high hazard dams. The need for infrastructure upgrades is not unique to just Maryland. The American Society of Civil Engineers rates American infrastructure at a D-, meaning almost states, counties, and cities are in need of a massive upgrade to their systems. With such a rating, and massive amount of infrastructure needs, Maryland will be a great state for upcoming active opportunities.