Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who do I contact if there is a backup in my home?
A: Call the Authority at 732-531-2213 first to see if the problem is a blockage in the main line before calling a plumber to see if the blockage is in your home.
Q: How is the Plant's sludge disposed of? Who monitors the management of the sludge to ensure that it meets health and environmental standards?
A: The Authority contracts with a private vendor to dispose of the sludge offsite. Presently, the sludge is eventually disposed of at a site in Pennsylvania. The Authority’s certified onsite laboratory and outside contract laboratories monitor the sludge to measure compliance with health and environmental standards.
Q: Is the wastewater treated prior to its discharge?
A: Immediately before discharge, the wastewater is treated with bleach (sodium hypochlorite 15% concentration).
Q: Where is the treated wastewater discharged?
A: Treated wastewater is discharged into the Atlantic Ocean through a 36” outfall pipe off the coast of Deal. The outfall pipe extends approximately 2,000 feet offshore at a depth of 35 feet.
Q: Who monitors the discharge of treated effluent to ensure that it meets the proper standards?
A: The treated effluent is governed by the Authority’s New Jersey Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) Permit which is renewed every five years. The Authority files monthly and quarterly reports with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection showing the compliance with various standards established in the NJPDES Permit. The NJPDES also establishes various testing schedules for chemicals the Authority is required to monitor. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection performs periodic inspections of the Plant and the records maintained by the Authority showing compliance with its NJPDES Permit.
Q: What is the Authority’s service area?
A: The Authority is authorized to receive wastewater from the Township of Ocean, the Borough of Allenhurst, the Borough of Deal, the Borough of Interlaken and the Village of Loch Arbour. In addition, the Authority has entered into temporary agreements with the Borough of Tinton Falls to receive wastewater from a limited number of homes. The population served is approximately 30,000 people.
Q: Does the Plant receive storm water for treatment?
A: The Plant is not designed to receive water from storm sewers in its service area. However, as a result of open or loose fitting manholes and old sewer lines which develop cracks and holes or tree roots entering the sewer lines, water in the ground enters the system for treatment at the Plant. This is called I&I (infiltration and inflow). The Authority works to eliminate I&I because it is not efficient and cost-effective to treat groundwater and it reduces the capacity of the Plant to treat wastewater.
Q: Can the treated wastewater be used as a drinking water source?
A: Treated wastewater can be used as a drinking source, and it is done in the Western United States, if the treatment plant has tertiary treatment. The Authority’s Plant is a secondary treatment plant which makes the wastewater safe for recreational purposes and discharge into bodies of water. To make wastewater safe as a drinking source would require the installation of carbon filters or other technology and the removal of other nutrients found in secondary treatment wastewater.
Q: What seasonal changes, if any, effect the operation of the Plant?
A: The summer season sees an increase in the population in the Authority’s service area. This results in increased wastewater flow into the Plant and more sludge production for disposal. Additionally, the increased heat results in an increased biological activity requiring adjustment to the treatment processes.