New Milford Plant of the Hackensack Water Company

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New Milford Plant of the Hackensack Water Company
The New Milford Plant of the Hackensack Water Company was a water filtration and pumping plant located on Van Buskirk Island, an artificially created island in the Hackensack River, in Oradell, New Jersey. The site was purchased in 1881 by the Hackensack Water Company (now United Water). The facility was built between 1882 to 1911, with some buildings dating back to 1881, and it includes a brick 1882 pumping station, a tall filtration tower, and a huge underground infrastructure. Preservation New Jersey voted the plant "One of 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites" in 1996. In 2002, the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Hackensack Water Company site on its list of 11 Most Endangered National Historic Places. In May 2001, the site was listed on New Jersey Register of Historic Places - Period of Historic Importance 1882-1914. The site is currently in a state of disrepair, and although proposals have been made by Bergen County for what to do with the site, its future is uncertain.