Hoboken to receive $11.7 million in Sandy relief aid for new pump

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Hoboken will build a new wet weather sewer pump station that will help prevent rainwater and storm surge from flooding the city’s sewage system thanks to an $11.7 million low-interest loan from the state.

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by Sarah Introna/Hudson County View

The city’s application in partnership with the North Hudson Sewage Authority  was approved by the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, an independent state financing authority.

“We are very pleased that our application for this critical flood pump was approved by the State,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer in a prepared statement.

Superstorm Sandy cost New Jersey municipalities including Hoboken over $2 billion in damages.

The new H-5 WWPS is the second pump to be built in Hoboken. The first pump, H-1 WWPS, has already alleviated flooding in the southwestern section of the city, according to North Hudson Sewage Authority Executive Director Dr. Richard J. Wolff.

The NHSA will manage, construct, operate and maintain the new station which will include two 40 million gallon per day pumps and a back-up generator to be built underground near 11th Street and Hudson Street near the Shoprite.

“The partnership between the City and the Authority is an excellent example of how we can work together to solve the critical infrastructure and environmental challenges facing our communities today,” Dr. Richard J. Wolff said in a written statement.

The loan will also fund The City Hall Sustainable Stormwater Improvement Project. The program will attempt to reduce the amount of City Hall’s stormwater runoff by 47 percent and collect an average of 13,122 gallons of rainfall per month.

When the paperwork is complete, the city will go out to bid for construction in the fall, which is estimated to last approximately 24 months.