Affordability of Residential Drinking Water and Sewer Utility Services

An analysis of New Jersey estimates water and sewer costs pose affordability concerns for roughly one-fifth of all households.  Nationally, the residential household costs of drinking water and sewer utility services have been increasing faster than the consumer price index (inflation) and faster than median household incomes since the 1980s. What was once a minor… Continue reading Affordability of Residential Drinking Water and Sewer Utility Services

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Jersey Water Works Statement on Governor Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Address

TRENTON, March 8, 2022 — Jersey Water Works (JWW) Co-chairs Nicole Miller and Andy Kricun released the following statements on Governor Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Address: “Jersey Water Works is grateful for the Murphy administration’s commitment to making life more affordable for New Jersey residents,” said JWW Co-chair Nicole Miller. “Our shared goal of… Continue reading Jersey Water Works Statement on Governor Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Address

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Application Period Now Open for Low Income Household Water Assistance Program

On March 2 the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced the launch of the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program, which provides emergency relief to address arrears that residential water and sewer customers have accrued during the pandemic. The state received $24 million in federal funds for this program last year. “This marks… Continue reading Application Period Now Open for Low Income Household Water Assistance Program

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A policy window of opportunity for water infrastructure action in New Jersey

New Jersey’s water is at a turning point, and on the first day of the 2021 Jersey Water Works (JWW) conference, speakers weren’t afraid to shy away from a strong message: As new federal funding for water infrastructure arrives, New Jersey can—and needs to—do better. Legacy water issues have plagued many communities for generations in… Continue reading A policy window of opportunity for water infrastructure action in New Jersey

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Understanding Affordability Problems for Drinking Water and Sewer Utilities

Research results describe the location and extent of household stress in New Jersey. The cost of drinking water and sewage utility services has been rising faster than inflation since the early 1980s, creating household affordability stresses. Roughly one-fifth of New Jersey households may face affordability concerns. What does this mean for our ability to continue… Continue reading Understanding Affordability Problems for Drinking Water and Sewer Utilities

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A New Jersey Affordability Methodology and Assessment for Drinking Water and Sewer Utility Costs

This report, A New Jersey Affordability Methodology and Assessment for Drinking Water and Sewer Utility Costs, presents a detailed methodology for assessing the extent to which current drinking water and sewer utility costs pose a major financial burden for New Jersey households. The report also provides the results from applying the methodology using utility rate… Continue reading A New Jersey Affordability Methodology and Assessment for Drinking Water and Sewer Utility Costs

Use billions from infrastructure deal, COVID-19 aid to fix water problems in poor communities, advocates urge

Photo Credit: Credit: (ChrisGoldNY via Creative Commons under CC BY-NC 2.0) Wastewater management plant in Newtown Creek, with the skyline of New York City in the background. Incoming Jersey Water Works co-chairs Andy Kricun, from Moonshot Missions & US Water Alliance, and Nicole Miller, from Newark DIG share their thoughts on this ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to… Continue reading Use billions from infrastructure deal, COVID-19 aid to fix water problems in poor communities, advocates urge

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