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Setting the Standard: Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority Works for Clean Water

Water is front and center in the national discussion, a front-page story for New Jersey. No surprise: Clean water is essential for quality of life. Unfortunately, everyone contributes to the pollution of streams, rivers and oceans in some way or another. That’s where we step in.

It is the mission of the Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority (MHMUA) to minimize the environmental impact of its customers by providing continuously efficient and effective wastewater treatment. Although MHMUA customers generate 1.1 billion gallons of wastewater laden with pollutants and disease-causing pathogens each year, our treatment facility prevents these dangerous pollutants from impacting the quality of life for thousands of people within and downstream of their communities.

The Mount Holly Sewerage Authority* was formed by Mount Holly Township in 1946, and in 1949, the first wastewater treatment facility was constructed and became operational. Since then, three significant facility expansions have occurred, increasing the availability capacity from 700,000 gallons to 6,000,000 gallons per day. Between 1956 and 1995, sewer service was initiated in Eastampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Moorestown and Westampton. The MUA currently utilizes advanced activated sludge treatment with additional tertiary treatment to produce a consistent, high-quality effluent.

Our front line consists of wastewater treatment workers, who are constantly under threat of contact from pollutants. Homes, restaurants, medical facilities and more all discharge into the same system. Pollutants can range from human and pet waste, to petroleum byproducts and toxic cleaning agents, to some of the most dangerous pharmaceuticals in use today.

Keeping people safe and protecting the environment requires constant vigilance, a talented, dedicated staff and complex treatment methods and equipment. As regulatory requirements have evolved and become more stringent, treatment facility operators have had to learn and adapt. Today’s staff must be professional and possess an extensive amount of knowledge in a wide-ranging set of disciplines.

Through the skillful and diligent operation of the treatment systems, MHMUA has maintained an unblemished record of compliance with its discharge permit for more than 20 years. We are consistently recognized as an industry leader when it comes to operations, maintenance, innovation, technology and permit compliance. There are 25 state-licensed employees at MHMUA, resulting in water quality that far exceeds the requirements established by the NJDEP. In fact, the NJDEP selected MHMUA to train more than 20 of its enforcement and compliance officers in 2011.

Between 1980 and 2010, five of the six townships served by MHMUA have experienced approximately 62 percent growth in population. This growth would be impossible without the services we provide; additionally, this service allows for business growth and a better economy for these communities.

By taking proactive steps to upgrade and expand facilities, MHMUA is in an excellent position to provide effective treatment and adequate capacity to sustain growth for years to come. MHMUA looks forward to continuing to provide the exceptional level of treatment its customers expect.

*The Mt. Holly Sewerage Authority became the Mt. Holly MUA in 1997.
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Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority's mission is to provide wastewater treatment services which enhance environmentally sound community development and ensure public health through improved water quality. Our services are provided cost efficiently to Mount Holly and adjoining service areas in compliance with Federal and State regulations.

Ensuring the Highest Standards

MHMUA's Water Pollution Control Facility won the 2005 USEPA Region II Clean Water Act Recognition Award for Operations and Maintenance Excellence for Medium-Sized Advanced Treatment Plants; and MHMUA's Water Pollution Control Facility won the 2005 USEPA Nation 1st Place Clean Water Act Recognition Award for Operations and Maintenance for Medium-Sized Advanced Treatment Plants.
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