From left to right: Rick Dovey, Atlantic County Utilities Authority; Anthony Diaz, Newark Water Coalition; Kelvin Boddy, Housing and Community Development Network of NJ; Debbie Mans, TWENTY TWENTY public affairs; Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E., Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program; Nicole Miller, MnM Consulting “One thing is clear, equity is furthered by our continued… Continue reading First Ever Joint Membership Meeting Held by Jersey Water Works & Lead-Free New Jersey
Comments on SFY24 Drinking Water and Clean Water Intended Use Plans Submitted on Behalf of the Asset Management and Finance Committee of the Jersey Water Works Collaborative Every day we depend on drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems to deliver essential services. But much of the underlying infrastructure requires significant investment to be brought into… Continue reading Comments on SFY24 Drinking Water and Clean Water Intended Use Plans
If the increased prevalence of the term “perfluoroalkyl” has you scratching your head, you’re not alone! Read on to learn about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), why you should care, and what we’re doing about it here in New Jersey.
Photo credit: (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File) Oct. 21, 2021: A utility crew places a toxic lead water pipe onto the road after extracting it from an apartment building and under the street in Newark, N.J. “Is New Jersey facing a perfect storm of challenges to its water supply? It’s tempting to think so, in light… Continue reading On water, NJ faces a confluence of challenges
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
“Resiliency is not a luxury anymore—it’s a necessity.” This statement by Oleg Kostin, Director of Operations at New Jersey American Water, was echoed throughout the Resilient Water Systems in the Face of a Changing Climate workshop at the 2021 Jersey Water Works conference. In September 2021, the remnants of Hurricane Ida barreled through New Jersey,… Continue reading In the face of more intense flooding issues, experts share innovative solutions for building climate resilience into our water systems
In July, 2021, Governor Murphy signed a new law (P.L.2021, c.183; https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2020/Bills/AL21/183_.HTM) requiring the state’s water utilities to replace lead service lines (LSLs) within ten years. Implementation will be challenging. The few cities in other states that have successfully tackled this problem typically required 20 to 25 years to complete the job. To accelerate the… Continue reading Lead Service Line Replacement… And Now For the Hard Part
Photo Credit: NJ Spotlight News Water filtration system Governor Murphy signed into law amendments to the Water Quality Accountability Act on Nov. 9. JWW co-chair Andy Kricun, Steering Committee member Rich Calbi, and members Dan Van Abs and Chris Sturm are quoted.
Water utilities can root themselves as anchor institutions within their communities. Anchor institutions are: Public service entities—like hospitals, universities, or utilities–which are tied to a location due to infrastructure or mission. Entities that provide critical services and vital assets to improve economy, health, environment and well-being in communities. Organizations that provide active civic leadership and… Continue reading Water Utilities as Anchor Institutions
The American Rescue Plan has provided New Jersey state and local budgets with a surplus that can be used immediately to upgrade our failing water infrastructure, complete long-awaited health and safety improvements, and spur economic growth by ensuring that local contracting results in local jobs. The American Rescue Plan delivered a total of $10 billion… Continue reading Op-ed: We have the cash. It’s time to fix New Jersey’s water systems.