Mayor Zimmer Attends Wet Weather Pump Station Groundbreaking; Expected to alleviate 80% of City Flooding

Hoboken, NJ - Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Wet Water Pump Groundbreaking
On Monday morning Mayor Dawn Zimmer attended the groundbreaking of the H1 Wet Weather Pump Station and Screening Facility, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2010.

“The City’s chronic flooding problem is one of the main reasons I got involved in politics,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This proactive step will bring urgently needed relief to residents of the Southwest portion of Hoboken.”

The pump station, which is designed to service the most flood-prone area of the City, will be capable of pumping a total of 100 million gallons per day and is designed to handle flows generated by a five year storm event. The recent large storm on March 12th was less than a five year rain event.

“Engineers expect the pumping station will solve 80 percent of the City’s flooding, but we have much more to do,” added Zimmer. “I urge the City Council to support the bond ordinance this Wednesday so we can bring state-of-the-art technology to the City which will provide us with further information we’ll need to tackle this problem.”

Funding for the project is provided through a $12,605,500 loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Fund and $5,000,000 by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) thanks to the efforts of United States Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Albio Sires.

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