The small resort town of Beach Haven Terrace is located on a barrier island in New Jersey. After Hurricane Sandy (known by the locals as “Super Storm Sandy”) left the town underwater, all structures were required to be raised to protect against future storm damage. This included their water treatment plant.
The town first became acquainted with the Tonka Water Brand back in 2005, when they were required to pay for all discharge waste through the regional water authority, therefore looking for ways to reduce backwash waste on their existing system. The town upgraded their system by purchasing a new Tonka Water filter and retrofitting an existing filter with Tonka Water’s Simul-Wash™ backwash system. The Simul-Wash system successfully reduced the backwash waste, saving the Island millions of gallons of wastewater discharge.
Pleased with the cost-savings and performance of the upgraded 2005 plant, the Island once again selected the Tonka Water Brand to assist with the replacement water treatment plant needed after the storm.
The new system includes three, 12’ diameter by 31’ single-cell OptaCell™ pressure filters. Each filter vessel operates independently of one another and is constructed with a false bottom underdrain, a media filter bed of Greensand Plus™ and anthracite. Treatment begins with a chlorine feed for oxidation and to preserve a charge on the Greensand Plus. A chlorine feed is also used in the final stage of treatment, with finished water discharging to a clearwell. This system also incorporates Tonka Water’s Simul-Wash backwash system for minimizing backwash waste which allows the city to maintain their cost savings.
Commissioning in 2017, the treatment plant has been meeting expectations since start up. The treatment process has been highly efficient in delivering high quality water as indicated below.