Years of Operations
Situated along the Delaware River at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area, Knowlton Township is a scenic, residential community in western New Jersey and is home to the busiest Truck Stops of America full-service area along Interstate Route 80 serving the greater New York City area. The year 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Knowlton Township Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) with Natural Systems Utilities, LLC (NSU) for provision of wastewater services to the Township.
The wastewater facility was approved to supply up to 100,000 GPD of capacity to be built in two phases of 50,000 GPD each and was built to serve Knowlton’s commercial/industrial development zone which was experiencing failing septic systems at the pre-existing truck stop and adjacent food service businesses. Knowlton Township’s resolution of approval stated, continued reliance on individual on-site wastewater systems poses a grave danger of contamination to the ground and surface waters of the Township and the abutting Delaware River. The continued use of septic systems was inadequate for the associated industrial uses which were flourishing at this busy transportation hub. The Township resolution continued, Whereas, there is currently a lack of available funding from state and federal sources for wastewater treatment planning, and construction, the Township therefore has sought an innovative approach to addressing this issue without incurring public debt or utilizing tax monies, through the New Jersey Wastewater Treatment Privatization Act N.J.S.A 58:27-1.
NSU supplied a Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) with direct groundwater recharge and nutrient control which provides indirect water reuse through aquifer recharge. The PPP also provides 20 years of uninterrupted operations and complete compliance with all permits.