Fact Sheet on Municipal Combined Sewer Outfall Long Term Control Plans

Under the federal Clean Water Act, combined sewer discharges are prohibited without a permit. In New Jersey, the permit program is administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and is an essential tool for the control of combined sewer overflows (CSOs). In March 2015, NJDEP issued 25 CSO permits for the municipalities,… Continue reading Fact Sheet on Municipal Combined Sewer Outfall Long Term Control Plans

Op-ed: We have the cash. It’s time to fix New Jersey’s water systems.

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.

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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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Understanding How the Water Sector is Organized in New Jersey

This document describes the general structure of the water sector in New Jersey, providing background and context for the types of water systems included in Jersey WaterCheck. Specifically, this document explains: How different water systems are classified in New Jersey Which of those systems are included or excluded in Jersey WaterCheck and why How systems… Continue reading Understanding How the Water Sector is Organized in New Jersey

A Major Milestone for Jersey Water Works: Submission of the CSO Long Term Control Plans

Combined sewer overflows (CSOs) refer to the mix of sewage and stormwater that pollutes waterways during rain events and can cause sewer backups into basements and streets. This issue, caused by combined sewer systems, has long plagued 21 of New Jersey’s municipalities. In 2015, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued 25 permits… Continue reading A Major Milestone for Jersey Water Works: Submission of the CSO Long Term Control Plans

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Conference Highlights: Racial Equity, Collaboration, and Resilience as Themes

Water work has continued despite the pandemic. The pandemic has highlighted just how essential access to clean water really is. Despite the challenges of 2020, Jersey Water Works members continued to lead the way in advancing New Jersey water infrastructure goals. These advances were highlighted during the Jersey Water Works sixth annual conference, held virtually… Continue reading Conference Highlights: Racial Equity, Collaboration, and Resilience as Themes

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Cleanup of our water continues: NJ 2020, the year of COVID-19

Photo Credit: Montgomery County Planning Commission from Flickr An aeration tank at a wastewater treatment facility In 2021, there is a chance of turning the corner in water infrastructure projects following a year of progress in lead-line replacement, curbing sewage overflows and state funding. Mark Mauriello talked about how Jersey Water Works members are finding… Continue reading Cleanup of our water continues: NJ 2020, the year of COVID-19

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Wells of Opportunity: Training Residents and Prioritizing Local Hiring for Water Infrastructure Projects in Newark

In the face of generational demands for water infrastructure investment, along with relatively high levels of unemployment, the City of Newark has instituted training programs to help bolster its water workforce. This report, produced by the Jersey Water Works CSO Committee, features two sections: 1) Newark’s Lead Service Line Apprenticeship Program: This describes the special… Continue reading Wells of Opportunity: Training Residents and Prioritizing Local Hiring for Water Infrastructure Projects in Newark