New Jersey Water Science Center
Great Falls of the Passaic River at Paterson, N.J.
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Implementation and Testing of Early Warning System in the Passaic River Basin
Project Title: Implementation and Testing of Early Warning System in the Passaic River Basin
The objectives of this collaborative effort are to lay the ground work for developing an EWS field site at an operating water utility by deploying an array of water quality sensors to characterize baseline water quality variability at the intake and within the distribution system.
Statement of Problem
The USGS in cooperation with the USEPA, the Passaic Valley Water Supply Commission (PVWC) and the New Jersey American Water Company initiated a pilot EWS. The pilot included the establishment of real time water quality sampling stations at the intakes and in the distribution system of both purveyors. The stations have been in operation for approximately nine (9) months. The initial phase of the project was scheduled to end September 30, 2004. The purpose of this proposal is to continue sampling at two sites, the source water and distribution sampling, at the PVWC facility for an additional year.
Strategy and Approach