May 2021
May 10-14 was United for Infrastructure: A Week to Champion America’s Infrastructure. The week featured several events highlighting the importance of infrastructure, including The Value of Water Campaign’s virtual event, “Meeting the Moment: The Urgency and Opportunity to Invest in Water Systems,” on May 14. 
Utility moratorium ends June 30
The utility shut-off moratorium is set to end on June 30. The NJ Board of Public Utilities and Department of Community Affairs announced Utility Assistance Week (May 17 - 21), encouraging those who need help paying utility bills to apply as soon as possible for relevant assistance programs or repayment plans. See news with assistance resources at the links below.

Stay informed with updates on federal water legislation
A bill was introduced in the US House on May 18 (H.R. 3293), which would “amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish programs to assist low-income households in maintaining access to drinking water and wastewater services, and for other purposes.” The Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, S. 914, passed the Senate on April 29.
NJ law now requires landlords to tell tenants if they have lead in their drinking water
Communities with high rental rates have high proportions of lead service lines in New Jersey. Last week, Governor Murphy signed S968/A2863 into law, which “requires public water systems to provide notice of elevated lead levels in drinking water to customers and local officials; requires landlords to notify tenants of elevated lead levels.” Sen. Singleton first introduced the bill to the Senate in early 2020. The JWW Lead in Drinking Water Task Force October 2019 report included these stipulations in its recommendations.

Attend or share your work at the 2021 American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Mid-Atlantic Conference
The New Jersey Section of the AWRA is partnering with the Delaware Section of the AWRA to sponsor the conference from September 22 - 24. A call for abstracts for presentations and posters relating to the conference theme of “Water Resource Management: Tools and Success Stories” is due on June 2. Register for the virtual conference here.
Invest in water and sewer infrastructure with Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
The US Department of the Treasury issued guidance on Local Fiscal Recovery Funds under the American Rescue Plan on May 10. State and local governments can use the funds to invest in water and sewer infrastructure to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and provide premium pay for essential workers in critical infrastructure sectors.
The Cost of Inaction
Often overlooked, our water infrastructure isn’t noticed until something goes wrong. This section spotlights the everyday consequences of underinvestment in New Jersey’s water systems.

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Jersey Water Works Updates
Jersey Water Works announces new co-chairs
Jersey Water Works announced Andrew Kricun and Nicole Miller as its next co-chairs. After six years of incredible leadership since the collaborative’s inception, Jane Kenny and Mark Mauriello will join Governors Whitman and Florio as honorary chairs. Read the last blog post written by Jane and Mark promoting Infrastructure Week and progress through collaboration in New Jersey’s water sector.
Save the date for the July 28 JWW Membership Meeting
Join us on July 28 at 1 pm for the annual Membership Meeting to connect with JWW members and discuss how New Jersey’s potential share of federal funds can propel the state’s water infrastructure into a resilient, innovative, and effective water future. Not a member? No problem! Anyone is welcome to join the meeting. Registration is coming soon - stay tuned.
CSO Committee welcomes a new committee co-chair
Kareem Adeem, Director of the City of Newark Department of Water and Sewer Utilities, will join Andy Kricun and Drew Curtis as co-chair of the Combined Sewer Overflow Committee. Welcome, Kareem!
Updates from the JWW data dashboard, Jersey WaterCheck
Utilities play a vital role in educating consumers on the quality of their drinking water through the annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). Last week, Jersey WaterCheck created and shared QR codes that drinking water utilities in New Jersey can consider including in their CCR to complement their efforts to educate consumers. Check out this blog post on Jersey WaterCheck written by Kimberley Irby for the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed.
Are you 35-and-under working in the water sector? Meet other young professionals on June 8!
Jersey Water Works and the American Water Works Association New Jersey chapter Young Professionals are hosting a networking happy hour on June 8 at 4 pm. Join us to meet and connect with other young professionals in the water sector. Interested in attending? Let us know by Friday, June 4!
Get involved in these upcoming committee meetings
 Equity Mapping Subcommittee - June 2 from 3:30 - 4:40 pm

Green Infrastructure Committee meeting - June 9 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Legislative Updates
A2863/S968 (approved on May 11)—Requires public water systems to provide notice of elevated lead levels in drinking water to customers and local officials; requires landlords to notify tenants of elevated lead levels.
S3414 (approved on April 30)—Promotes workforce diversity in public works projects and revises the definition of "public works projects" to permit project labor agreements for more projects.
Job and Funding Opportunities
Green and Healthy Homes Initiative is hiring a Lead & Healthy Homes Technical Assistance Specialist to support their Department of Health-funded work with local health departments and convening of the Housing/Paint Policy Committee for Lead-Free NJ. 

Stockholm International Water Institute 2022 Stockholm Water Prize: nominations due September 30, 2021. 
  • Candidates for the Stockholm Water Prize will have attained outstanding achievements of lasting significance for sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources.
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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