After much anticipation, Congress has passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. New Jersey is expected to receive $1 billion over five years to upgrade water infrastructure. This is significant news for the members of Jersey Water Works, who work together to transform water systems so they provide communities with clean water and waterways; healthier, safer neighborhoods; local jobs; flood and climate resilience; and economic growth.
“I could not be happier about the passage of the infrastructure bill and thank all the congressional delegates—from both sides of the aisle—who worked hard to bring it about,” said Jersey Water Works Co-chair Andy Kricun. “Implementation of these projects will help to ensure that every person, no matter where they live or what they look like, has safe drinking water and clean waterways at an affordable rate. Now the work begins to make sure that the funding goes to communities that need help the most.”
“The funding outlined in the bill can jump-start many of the projects we’ve been pushing for, such as combined sewer solutions, green infrastructure, Long Term Control Plans, and lead pipe replacement,” added Jersey Water Works Co-chair Nicole Miller. “This funding can be a catalyst for our members to implement some of the solutions we’ve identified. Once NJ receives the funding, JWW members are committed to engaging community groups, water professionals, and all levels of government to pitch in and turn the corner on decades-old water problems.”
Jersey Water Works will be discussing its initiatives and ways to tap into this federal funding at its free Annual Conference, which will be held on Dec. 8-10.