Recent flooding has exposed the need to address the City of Camden’s aging sewer system. Mayor Frank Moran recognizes the challenge and is working on a plan to reduce flooding and combined sewer overflows. “We can put together a plan, as we put the right folks in office into position to make the determination as to what it is that we need to do,” Moran said.
In 2015, the New Jersey Department of Environmental protection issued a permit to the City of Camden and 24 other New Jersey municipalities and utilities. Camden and the other permit holders have until July 2020 to develop plans to reduce their sewage overflows. “Our combined sewer system is at a point that is in dire need of separation and repairs wherever we can get it done,” he told KYW Newsradio. “It’s a costly effort and the city doesn’t have the resources to do so.”