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January 2017

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will minimize any damage to the station's electrical equipment and significantly reduce downtime of the station." The station is capable of returning to normal operation within hours after a storm, whereas with a conventional station, if the electrical and control equipment were to be damaged, the station could be out of service for weeks until the equipment is replaced, causing significant environmental damage. The first mobile enclosure was constructed at a pump station in Sea Girt, N.J. in 2011. When Superstorm Sandy swept through the region, this pump station was the only one that was operational within SMRSA's system. SMRSA sought the same level of protection at its other pump stations but understood that resiliency could not be a one-size-fits- all approach. Ruppel stated "We recognized that without an understanding of the scale, location, and timing of the climate change challenges that could occur, we were at a loss when adopting effective resilience strategies for the pump station." Prior experience told them that each station was uniquely impacted by weather events. As a result, SMRSA partnered with the EPA to undertake a pilot study of EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Version 2.0 (CREAT 2.0). By providing historical and projected climate data, this computer software tool assisted SMRSA in understanding potential climate change-related risk to the pump station infrastructure. Due to the fact that the tool provides data from multiple climate scenarios, SMRSA can understand their risk across multiple possible future climate conditions: "hot and dry" or "warm and wet." The tool also enabled SMRSA to understand how the implementation of resiliency measures, such as the mobile enclosure, may reduce the risk to those threats. SMRSA has undertaken an ongoing effort to utilize CREAT to select the most resilient and cost-effective adaptation measures for the 11 pumping stations. This allows the user to navigate their way through the uncertainty surrounding climate change and plan for the best- and worst-case scenarios. The mobile enclosure design has been replicated twice within SMRSA's service area in the town of Lake Como and the Borough of Belmar. Due to its renowned success, the project has been heralded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the EPA as a Best Management Practice for mitigation of damages related to extreme wet weather events. The scalability of the design concept gives it the potential to be implemented by other critical utility service providers that face similar challenges. Planning for climate change challenges brings complex issues for water and wastewater utilities which must balance reliability, cost constraints, and the uncertainty of what future climate challenges may bring. By embracing cutting-edge solutions and proactive planning strategies, South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority stands at the forefront of the industry as being one of the first climate-ready utilities. n 16 wateronline.com n Water Innovations RESILIENCY Due to its renowned success, the project has been heralded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the EPA as a Best Management Practice for mitigation of damages related to extreme wet weather events. Rina N. Dalal is a senior staff designer at T&M Associates headquar- tered in Middletown, NJ, a full-service environmental engineering consulting firm. She works in the Water Resources Practice where she contributes to climate change resiliency and water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. She holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering and a master's degree in Sustainable Design. About The Author Belmar pump station mobile enclosure

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