Message From the Executive Director
Welcome to the newly updated and redesigned Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties' website. The Joint Meeting owns and operates the Edward P. Decher Secondary Wastewater Treatment Facility located in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Originally designed and constructed as a 75 million gallon per day (MGD) secondary treatment facility in the late 1970s, the plant was subsequently re-rated to 85 million gallons per day (MGD). The facility receives industrial, commercial and residential wastewater from a 65 square mile area in Essex and Union Counties. The wastewater receives preliminary, primary and secondary treatment, sodium hypochlorite disinfection and sodium bisulfite dechlorination before its discharge into the Arthur Kill.
Visitors will find useful information, resources and information about the departments within our agency. Interested parties will find bidding opportunities as well as bidding results, job opportunities, important contact information and how one can do business with the Joint Meeting. If there is anyway I can assist you or answer any of your questions, please feel free to contact my office at 908-353-1313.
I also encourage you to visit the website's News page. In particular, please see the first item, Important Legislation that Needs Your Support, and view Joint Meeting's newly launched website, Support the NJ Spill Act Bill, which contains important information for New Jersey taxpayers.
Once again, welcome.
Samuel T. McGhee,
Wastewater is primarily collected from the Joint Meeting's eleven member and four customer communities. Small portions of two neighboring communities (Berkeley Heights and Linden) are also served. Members (owner) communities include all or some parts of: East Orange, Hillside, Irvington, Maplewood, Millburn, Newark, Roselle Park, South Orange, Summit, Union and West Orange. The City of Elizabeth and portions of Livingston, Orange, Berkeley Heights, Linden and New Providence are currently served as customers by the Joint Meeting. The majority of the Joint Meeting service area, including all of the Joint Meeting trunk lines, is served by traditional gravity flow with the individual members or customers utilizing gravity and/or pumping facilities. This type of service allows for maintaining cost-effective wastewater collection and treatment for the service area.