Middlesex Water Co. Wins NAWC Award for HDD Project

Middlesex Water Co. has been named a 2011 Management Innovation Award Winner by the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) project.

The NAWC Management Innovation Awards have been recognizing groundbreaking ideas at the forefront of the water industry for over 35 years. The award offers a unique opportunity for NAWC members to be recognized for new and innovative programs that have benefitted their organization, their customers, the communities they serve or the water industry as a whole. Winners were announced at the 2011 NAWC Water Summit in La Jolla, California in early October. Middlesex Water tied for First Prize with Baton Rouge Water Co. in the Regulated Utility category.

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Middlesex Water Co. took honors for its unique engineering approach to replacing a century-old water main beneath the Raritan River in New Jersey — a project that was honored as the 2010 Trenchless Technology Project of the Year for New Installation (see October 2010 issue for coverage). The 104-year old main water main had served as a critical transmission main for customers in the southernmost portion of its distribution system but had faced repeated failures, despite various forms of rehabilitation, due to age, corrosivity and the unstable nature of the underwater environment. Middlesex Water explored various options including pipe jacking and micro-tunneling to install the mile-long 24-in. diameter pipeline, 70 ft under a river through tough marshland conditions and in a largely urban area. It ultimately decided on HDD due to project conditions and cost-effectiveness.

“We were thrilled for our team and this project to be recognized for technical achievement and innovative project management on a national level,” said Dennis W. Doll, chairman, president and CEO for Middlesex Water. “We, along with our project partners CDM, Northeast Remsco Construction, Mears Group and Underground Solutions, Inc., collaborated to find a permanent and sustainable solution and the result of this engineering effort is a new pipeline that will allow us to continue delivering high quality utility service to our customers because of greater reliability and greater redundancy throughout our system.”

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Middlesex Water Company, organized in 1897, provides regulated and unregulated water and wastewater utility services in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania through various subsidiary companies.

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