January 2019
Photo of the Month
Photo: A SUEZ customer service field representative holds a portion of lead pipe at Wednesday's news conference, explaining that a magnet will not stick to it if customers want a simple way to check their pipes. (Photo: Amy Newman/NorthJersey.com)
$100 Million to Improve NJ's School Water Infrastructure

Hundreds of New Jersey schools have tested positive for lead in their students’ drinking water, raising urgent questions about how to pay for upgrades that will make water permanently safe. Now state officials have $100 million to spend on improving drinking water infrastructure in schools as part of bond funding under the Securing Our Children’s Future Act. 

Attend Improving NJ’s School Water Infrastructure in Hamilton on Feb 26 , presented by NJ Spotlight, where public officials, public policy advocates, school district leadership, and construction, plumbing, and building trades representatives will discuss the best paths forward to improving the drinking water infrastructure in New Jersey schools.
Water in Gov. Murphy's State of the State


JWW issued a press release applauding the governor ’s commitment to clean water and modern water infrastructure.
Jersey Water Works Updates
JWW Tackles Lead in Drinking Water
JWW has convened a collaborative task force to develop policies for eliminating lead in New Jersey’s drinking water . The group will conclude its work in September 2019 with the release of a report that will highlight best practices from around the country, put forward a set of policy recommendations that are appropriate, actionable, efficient and coordinated, and lay out planned actions and commitments from key stakeholders.

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Questions about the JWW Lead in Drinking Water Task Force? Contact Gary Brune of JWW backbone staff, 609-393-0008 x119, to learn more.
Setting the 2019 Work Plan
To advance the collaborative’s shared goals , our four working committees will be convening to develop work plans for the year to come. Any member of the collaborative may join a committee.
  • The Asset Management and Finance Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 31, from 10 am - 12 pm in Trenton.
  • The Education and Outreach Committee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm in Trenton.
  • The Green Infrastructure Committee will meet on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Location TBD.
  • The Combined Sewer Overflow Committee will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 1 pm - 3pm. Location TBD. 

Questions? Contact Brian Caycho , (609) 393-0008 x106.
Investing in Green Infrastructure within Transportation Networks
JWW and  Together North Jersey  are co-sponsoring a half day workshop on Green Infrastructure and Transportation on  Feb. 6 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, 1085 Raymond Blvd., Newark. 

Installing and maintaining green infrastructure is not without its challenges. Learn how key challenges have been addressed -- and barriers have been overcome -- in real projects throughout the NJTPA and broader region. And come prepared with your questions for the moderated panel!

This workshop has been approved for 3 AICP continuing education credits. Register here today .
Our Water Transforming

By aligning individual efforts and diverse perspectives to advance shared goals , JWW can realize "Smart Infrastructure. Strong Communities." Together, members will achieve healthier, more prosperous and just communities and a more sustainable environment!

How can localities manage their stormwater more equitably and invest in green infrastructure?

Interested in becoming a green infrastructure champion?

Actions from the US EPA to ensure clean and safe water

Association of Environmental Authorities seeks nominations for Wave Awards

Could changes to NJ’s Stormwater Rule assist municipalities with reducing CSOs?

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Funding Opportunities

Next deadline: Feb. 4
Funds available: $1.2 million.
Supports protection and stewardship of land in the watershed (not restoration of degraded habitats or projects with a strictly water quality improvement outcome).

Deadline: Feb. 15
Funds available: Four $20,000 awards; eight $10,000 awards; 20 $2,000 awards.
Supports local green team efforts related to Sustainable Jersey actions, included those related to water infrastructure.

Deadline: Feb. 15
Funds available: Approximately five grants per EPA region in amounts of up to $30,000 each.
Supports community-based organizations with projects that help residents of underserved communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues.
Jersey Water Works   is a collaborative effort working to transform New Jersey's inadequate water infrastructure through sustainable, cost-effective solutions that provide communities with clean water and waterways; healthier, safer neighborhoods; local jobs; flood and climate resilience; and economic growth.
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