The Oradell Reservoir Dam was completed in 1923 to satisfy the needs of the economic boom post World War I. Since then, it has continued to provide water for nearly 1 million residents of Bergen and Hudson County, with an average of 35 billion gallons of water being drawn from the reservoir every year.
The environmental impact of the Oradell Reservoir was also commemorated, through the presentation of a financial gift from Veolia to the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center of Englewood, NJ, The reservoir itself is home to 12 species of fish and has proven itself a haven for other forms of wildlife.
“The growth and development of this water company over 150 years made possible the growth and development of Bergen County,” said Bergen County Commissioner Mary Amoroso. “I congratulate Veolia on the 100th anniversary of the wonderful dam.”
“We’ve now given access to a body of water that no one ever had access to,” stated Bergen County Executive James Tedesco. “And now people get to see the beauty of this section of the river that no one was able to.”
An additional gift was also given to Family Promise of Bergen County as part of the Housing Stabilization Project, commemorating the dam’s role in the continued growth of Bergen County and surrounding areas.
“Without a reliable source of drinking water,” said Alan Weland, Vice President and General Manager of Veolia’s operations in New Jersey, “North Jersey would not exist as we know it today.”