CAMDEN, NJ — Camden will look to upgrade 28 combined sewer regulators and circumvent flooding in the process after awarding American Water a $5.1 million contract Friday.

The project, which is funded by the New Jersey Water Bank (NJWB), is on schedule to be finished by the end of 2022, according to the city.

“American Water is proud to have been awarded the sewer rehabilitation project by the city,” said Mark McDonough, president of the Military Services Group at American Water.  “This important project, to be accomplished cooperatively with the city, will significantly reduce instances of local flooding and work to directly help improve the quality of life for residents and surrounding ecosystems.”

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City officials — who emphasized that improvements to the regulator chamber are key to limiting flooding — said the project comprises replacement, repairs, chamber cleaning and coating, as well as jetting of the adjoining sewer. 

“We are pleased to be making these critical improvements and confident in the ability of our partners at American Water to efficiently complete the sewer rehabilitation project,” said Camden Mayor Frank Moran in a statement. "Camden has realized unprecedented growth city-wide in recent years including significant upgrades to our city infrastructure."  

Currently, Camden has combined sewer mechanical regulators outfitted to allow a set amount of water flow to the interceptor, which can result in flooding during downpours.

"This $5.1 million investment by the City and American Water will immediately help to reduce local flooding and improve Camden’s ability to manage storm water resulting from future weather events," Moran added. 

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