Public Utilities: Water & Sewer

Over the past 30 years, accelerated population growth and concomitant commercial and residential development throughout the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states have posed challenges to municipal water and wastewater treatment systems, many of which were designed and built prior to the existence of nationwide water pollution control standards.  The resulting demand upon aging systems and adoption of modern health and safety guidelines by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required communities to expand and upgrade public water supply and wastewater treatment systems and facilities.  These types of projects are needed to adequately serve the public and comply with EPA standards. Implemented through state Departments of Environmental Management/Protection, public utility projects fall under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and require consideration of above- and below-ground cultural resource landscapes during feasibility, planning, and design stages. They occur in demographic centers and require careful consideration of community concerns by archaeological and architectural survey teams. Elements of older systems, such as wooden pipelines, brick outfalls, or administration, laboratory, and treatment buildings slated for upgrading or demolition may themselves hold significance as artifacts of civil engineering technology. Taken together these projects draw upon the combined expertise of industrial and architectural historians, archaeologists, urban planners, engineers, and construction teams.

Representive Project Types:
  • Section 106 Eligibility/Effects Documentation
  • Alternatives Analyses/Cultural Resource Screenings
  • Phase IA Literature Reviews and Phase IB Cultural Resource Surveys
  • Phase II National Register of Historic Places Evaluations and Testing
  • Phase III Data Recoveries
  • Archaeological Construction Monitoring
  • Historic Building Assessments & HABS/HAER Documentation
  • Public and Interested Parties Coordination and Consultation
  • SHPO, Agency, & Certified Local Government Coordination and Consultation
  • NEPA Documentation (CED, EA, and EIS)

Sample Projects:
  • Frenchtown Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade, Frenchtown Borough, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
  • H1 Screening and Wet Weather Pump Station, City of Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey. Download Project Sheet
  • Heidelberg Township Sewer Improvement, Heidelberg Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Download Project Sheet

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