January 2021
Congratulations to the US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox who will join the Office of Water at the US Environmental Protection Agency as the acting assistant administrator for water. Radhika presented at the September JWW Steering Committee, and shared this message: “Equity must be intentional and integrated. Integrate equity in all projects, not just as a stand-alone project.” 

Photo credit: US Water Alliance tweet
Missed the Sixth Annual Jersey Water Works Conference? Check Out This Blog Post!
At the sixth annual Jersey Water Works Conference December 9-11, members from across the state announced their commitments to action in 2021, projects and initiatives they plan to undertake that will further the collaborative's goals. See recordings of the conference sessions and workshops, 2020 accomplishments, member commitments for 2021, and the first of two blog posts recapping highlights from the event on the 2020 conference webpage!
The Work Ahead of Us: Jersey Water Works Plans for 2021
The Jersey Water Works Steering Committee held its first meeting of the year on January 26. At the meeting, members adopted equity goals and projects for the collaborative to do in 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

Become a member and join a working committee to help advance these goals and shape the conversation around New Jersey’s water infrastructure. Stay tuned for the first committee meeting dates of the year.
Public Comments on Multi-Billion Dollar Plans: Deadline January 31
Public comments on CSO Long Term Control Plans (LTCPs) are due to NJDEP on January 31. The CSO Committee has been reviewing these plans, which propose implementing mitigation measures that span over decades, and is drafting comments for NJDEP to ensure they are equitable with environmental and community benefit. The CSO Committee also created this page to assist those interested in reviewing and submitting comments on the LTCPs.
Support for Water Infrastructure Grows as We Start Off the New Year
Lead in drinking water, Long Term Control Plans, and PFAS made headlines December 31. This NJ Spotlight News article quotes JWW Co-Chair Mark Mauriello, Data Advisory Committee member Dan Van Abs, and JWW member Chris Sturm discussing the developments and challenges in New Jersey’s water infrastructure and Jersey Water Works progress to advance solutions.
Share Your Equity Practices
Do you have a successful equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy? In 2021, the JWW Equity Subcommittee is collecting information about JWW member’s equity initiatives. Let us know about your promising practices. Share information, strategies, reports, frameworks, or anything you may have to help others in their quest to create equitable practices in their organizations. Email information to info@jerseywaterworks.org.
Become a Green Infrastructure Champion
The 2021 Green Infrastructure Champions Training Program registration is still open! Become a key player in implementing green infrastructure as a stormwater management approach in your town. Participate in a minimum of five workshops to be certified.
City of Newark Continues to Make Progress Replacing Lead Service Lines
The City of Newark, which has replaced more than 17,000 lead service lines, resolved litigation with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The City will continue to replace all remaining lead service lines and, with NJDEP, committed to new measures that will better protect public health and increase transparency. In the NJDEP press release, Governor Murphy said “modernizing the nation’s aging water infrastructure is vital in ensuring access to clean, safe drinking water and protecting our communities from the dangers of lead exposure.”
The Cost of Inaction

Jersey Water Works Updates
Water Workforce Training Program Inventory
Water is a natural resource, but to manage it, protect it, and use it for drinking water requires millions of workers. These essential workers design, construct, and operate water infrastructure. The New Jersey Water Workforce Training Program Inventory highlights training programs in the water sector, prepared by the JWW CSO Committee and published in December 2020.
March 1 Launch of Jersey WaterCheck
The JWW data dashboard, Jersey WaterCheck, is built on an aspirational vision to understand where we are, evaluate how we make progress, and gain support for utility investment. Jersey Water Works is committed to using data to connect utilities to the communities they serve with the new interactive tool. Jersey WaterCheck will launch publicly on March 1.
Job and Funding Opportunities
Water Infrastructure in the News

New Jersey:
CSIT announces clean tech seed grant program New Jersey Business Magazine

National:
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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