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  • Force Main Pipeline Replacement Underway at Bader Field in Atlantic City
    July 2, 2020

    On Saturday, April 18, 2020, a sewer leak was reported in Atlantic City on the Bader Field site. The leak was located on a 30” force main that services the Downbeach communities, the Chelsea Heights section of AC and Seaview Harbor Marina in Egg Harbor Township. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), local health departments and the Atlantic City Office of Emergency Management were notified about the situation. The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) hired an emergency outside contractor to install a temporary bypass system and contain the leak.

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    To mitigate contamination from the leak, ACUA increased sodium hypochlorite levels at its Longport and Broadway pumping stations, which provided added disinfection. Hay bales were installed along the Beach Thorofare in the vicinity of the leak to further assist in filtering discharge. 

    The contractor began work to prepare the site for the temporary bypass Monday, April 20. The tie-in pits were excavated and 2,200 feet of bypass pipe was fused and installed along the perimeter of the site. The installation of the bypass was completed during the overnight hours on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The bypass was first pressure tested to ensure it was ready to be activated. Pump stations belonging to the ACUA, Ventnor Water and Atlantic City Sewerage Company were shut down to minimize pressure during activation. The bypass was successfully turned online at 1:10 a.m. on Thursday, April 30.

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    Throughout the process, water samples from multiple sites in the nearby waterways were tested for enterococcus to determine the impact of the leak. As expected, initial results after the leak was discovered were high near the site of the leak. After the bypass installation, all water samples were determined to be below allowable limits for enterococcus by May 8, 2020.

    Work on the permanent force main pipeline replacement is currently underway. The process began toward the end of May with the installation of soil erosion and sediment control measures. A wellpoint system, used to keep the excavation area dry from moisture, was installed along the bayside. The installation of the 30” HDPE replacement pipe is expected to be completed within the next couple months.

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