New Brunswick has allocated about $15.5 million for water utility improvements — ranging from architectural repairs to filtration enhancements, said Public Information Officer Jennifer Bradshaw.
“These improvements to our facilities will aid us in continuing to deliver approximately 13 million gallons of water per day to our customers utilizing efficient modern technology and infrastructure,” Bradshaw said.
The improvements also include upgrades to pre-treatment facilities, replenishments to the chemical feed systems and upgrades to one of the city’s pump stations, she said.
The City of New Brunswick does not currently have a timeline for the completion of the project.
“We are in the process of going out to bid for an engineering firm to assist with plans for the improvements,” Bradshaw said.
New Brunswick's water utility system has faced numerous scandals in recent years, including a history of employee turnover and quality infractions.
Two water utility employees, William Ortiz and Joseph DeBonis, were suspended without pay in December, according to a City Hall press release.
During the trial Ortiz was charged with bribery, while Debonis was charged with tampering with public records.