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Millville seeks future water usage info to revise ordinance

December 11th, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Marissa Bodily

MILLVILLE–Zan Murray is conducting a study to determine how much water is available for Millville’s use and how much water the city actually needs.

Murray is an engineer from JUB Engineers Inc. He presented this source feasibility study to the Millville City Council at a meeting Dec. 9. The city is revising its water ordinance, which requires residents to give up a certain amount of water shares when building new property. The completion of the study will allow them to know how to revise the law.

They are looking at different sources of water available for the city’s use, especially for the upcoming peak summer months.

One water source option that Murray presented was a Glen Ridge well water blending project, which would decrease the amount of nitrates in the water from the well. Aquifer Storage and Recovery would need to approve of the project.

Another option is to improve the current park well so that it can pump 1,000 gallons per minute instead of the 680 gallons per minute it is currently pumping.

The last option Murray talked about was to put in a new well.

About 76 percent of the city’s water capacity is being used, Murray said. The city wants to have a 30 percent buffer. The study is looking at the cost per gallon analysis to determine the best option.

Murray presented population projections for the next 40 years so they can determine how much water they should plan to need. “You won’t fill the entire capacity of the projections,” Murray said.

The council discussed whether their new ordinance should be determined per acre or per household, but they did not make a final decision at the meeting.

Once the numbers from the study have been determined, the Planning and Zoning Commission will make its recommendations for the ordinance revision to the city council.

“We will be able to make good, solid recommendations,” Murray said.


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