Adams Street WWTP Solar Panels on the Secondary Clarification Building with New York in the background in Hoboken

Authority's History


The Authority is established, in the wake of an EPA Consent Order, compelling local communities to relinquish control over their failing treatment facilities.

The Authority becomes the first, and to date only, wastewater authority in New Jersey to privatize its operations.
System is brought into compliance with EPA and NJDEP primary treatment requirements for the first time in many years.

New $120 million secondary treatment plant is completed.

The EPA and NJDEP 10 year old ban on sewer connections is lifted, sparking the reclaiming and development of the Hudson River waterfront in Hoboken and Weehawken.

Authority joins with other regional entities as a constituent member of the NJ Harbor Dischargers Group to advance the environmental protection of the NY and NJ estuaries.

The Authority purchases the sewer collection system from the municipalities and assumes responsibility for its maintenance.

The Authority acquires the West New York wastewater treatment plant and collection system, becoming the first Authority in New Jersey to regionalize its system.

System-wide program for the replacement of wooden sewers is instituted.

Ten year program to provide preliminary treatment at all Combined Sewer Outfalls begins, further enhancing the reclamation of the Hudson River.

The Hoboken facility begins to be retro-fitted with solar panels in an effort to advance the "greening" of the Authority's buildings.

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) recognizes the Authority and it consulting engineers for "Engineering Excellence" for the design of the solid flotables preliminary treatment facility.

The Authority breaks ground for $18 million wet weather pump station to mitigate street flooding in Hoboken and alleviate a 200 year old problem in the City.

Superstorm Sandy hits the heart of Hoboken, bringing 14 feet of storm surge flooding into the Adams Street Wastewater Treatment Plant, causing extensive damage and knocking out power. But thanks to preplanning and quick response by NHSA operator CH2M to bring in additional personnel, the plant was back online within 24 hours and providing full treatment within 36 hours. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection praised the NHSA for its actions before, during and after the storm.

The H1 Wet Weather Pumping Station was completed and put online. The pumps help keep the water off of the streets during high tide rain events throughout the H5 drainage area covering a large portion of Southwest Hoboken.

The Authority was issued the new CSO Permits in July. Work began on all of the new LTCP CSO requirements. More information can be found here.

The H5 Wet Weather Pumping Station went online in October. The pumps help keep the water off of the streets during high tide rain events throughout the H5 drainage area.

The Waterbody Advisory System was installed and put online. The system provides real time information to the public on the status of our CSO regulators. Anyone can go online to see when we are experiencing a CSO event!

The W1234 Solids and Floatables Removal facility was completed and put online. This was the final Solids and Floatables removal facility project to be completed by the Authority. The facility includes 12 large nets, that capture solids from CSO events, and helps protect the Hudson River. W1234 is located on a pier along the Weehawken waterfront, and includes a public park on the top.



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