Longport wants to bond $4.5M for pipe replacement project

LONGPORT – The Board of Supervisors has introduced an ordinance that would require a $4.5 million bond for the first phase of a lead pipe replacement project.

While the total cost of the project is not yet known, state grants could cover up to half of the cost the municipality would have to pay for the required work, county officials said.

The board introduced the ordinance on June 19. There will be a public hearing and final vote on the ordinance on July 17.

Commissioner Jim Leeds said he plans to vote against the bond ordinance because it does not include funds for a new fire truck for the Longport Volunteer Fire Department. Leeds said at the March 20 meeting that the truck would cost $2 million.

The municipality's lead pipe replacement project is part of the state's mandate to replace all pipes made of lead or other galvanized materials in municipal, private and public water systems that are legally deemed harmful by July 22, 2031.

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Ventnor is applying for a $20 million low-interest loan to finance the first two phases of its lead pipe replacement program.

A total of 2.4 million service lines in 582 water systems in the state need to be replaced, according to a report from the state's Office of Legislative Services.

Governor Phil Murphy signed the bill in 2021 to prevent potential lead poisoning and other hazards from galvanized pipes.

Engineer Ed Dennis said the municipality's project will be implemented in three phases.

In May, the township passed an ordinance requiring Pleasantville-based Remington & Vernick Engineers to provide engineering services for the first phase of the project. The ordinance requires that the cost of the engineering services not exceed $210,000.

“Due to the size of this project and the nature of the work, construction would likely begin sometime in May and probably resume in September,” Dennis said. “Again, this is one of several phases, so it will span the next couple of years.”

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