December 2020
"Continue running your marathon on behalf of the families, the communities, and the cities in this great state of New Jersey. You have a clear north start to the finish line: smart infrastructure and strong communities."

Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, The Kresge Foundation, Jersey Water Works Conference keynote speaker

Thank you for supporting Jersey Water Works throughout this challenging year. Your commitment to water and water infrastructure will carry the collaborative into 2021. We’re excited for you to be a part of this next chapter. 
Already a member? Thank you! A member but not engaged? Reconnect! Not a member? Join us! This video tells the story of our shared goals to transform water infrastructure, featuring JWW leaders Rosana Da Silva, Dan Kennedy, and Andy Kricun. Special thanks to Nicole Miller and Meishka Mitchell for their input and expertise, and Beard and Bowler for producing the video. Watch, enjoy, and share it with your network!
Jersey Water Works Conference Connects Leaders, Innovators to Amplify Water
The sixth annual Jersey Water Works Conference brought together a record-breaking 355 stakeholders and 29 speakers over 11 sessions on December 9-11 to share the latest ideas. Dynamic water leaders from JWW, New Jersey, and across the country engaged attendees in conversations on water funding, CSOs, transparency and data, water workforce, a keynote address on water equity and resilience, and more. Attendees saw a live demo of the new JWW data dashboard, Jersey WaterCheck. Special thanks to Governor Murphy for sharing remarks on the importance of investing in water; U.S. Representative Donald Payne, Jr.; Newark Mayor Ras Baraka; Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, The Kresge Foundation; and Paterson Councilwoman Ruby Cotton and to all our sponsors! Thank you to our title sponsor, New Jersey American Water.

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. Find photos, videos, and presentations here. Missed the event? Stay tuned for blog posts recapping the day!
Water Unites Us All, But Can We Overcome the Funding Challenge?
Support from congressional leaders is needed to provide sustainable federal water infrastructure funding to protect public health and strengthen communities while also providing a significant economic stimulus during the ongoing pandemic. Several members of Jersey Water Works drafted a letter to the New Jersey Congressional Delegation to let representatives know how clean water should be prioritized in a new federal spending plan.

Add your voice and sign the letter today to amplify the message that water infrastructure should be a federal priority.
Legislative Updates
  • S830 - Requires public water systems to offer drinking water tests to customers in certain circumstances. Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading on Dec. 10.
  • S647 / A4825 - Revises cybersecurity, asset management, and related reporting requirements in "Water Quality Accountability Act." Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Dec. 10.
  • A2200 - Requires water purveyors to conduct, and report to NJDEP, water loss audits. Reported as an Assembly Committee Substitute and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee on Dec. 10.
  • A2631 - Requires water purveyors to conduct water loss audits. Combined with A2200 on Dec. 10.
  • A5015 - Reduces allowed diversion of funds from stormwater, water, and sewer purposes to municipal and county budgets; requires municipalities and counties to notify Division of Local Government Services of diversions. Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee on Dec. 10.
  • A5016 - Establishes Water Apprenticeship, Training, and Resources Pilot Program in Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee on Dec. 10.
  • A5017 - Requires NJDEP to make certain information regarding water purveyors available on its Internet website. Introduced, Referred to Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources Committee on Nov. 19.
  • A5018 - Requires NJ Infrastructure Bank to provide incentives to environmental infrastructure projects that, where feasible, employ local residents. Introduced, Referred to Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources Committee on Nov. 19.
Make a Difference in Your Community: Become a Green Infrastructure Champion
The 2021 Green Infrastructure Champions Training Program starts January 15. Register today! Become a key player in implementing green infrastructure as a stormwater management approach in your town.
WaterNow Alliance Tap Into Resilience
The WaterNow Alliance is hosting its virtual summit, Tap Into Resilience, on April 6-8. The summit is designed for local decision makers to explore cross cutting water strategies, and learn how to help implement more affordable, innovative, and sustainable water solutions.
The Cost of Inaction
Often overlooked, our water infrastructure isn’t noticed until something goes wrong. This section spotlights the everyday consequences of not investing in New Jersey’s water systems.

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Jersey Water Works Updates
Help Us Shape Our Work in 2021—Join as a Member
Transforming New Jersey’s water infrastructure is a daunting task that no one organization can tackle alone. We can’t do this work without you; join Jersey Water Works as a member and help us shape the future of our state’s water infrastructure. Membership is free and connects you to a network of over 600 cross-sector individuals who care about water to advance equitable, long-term solutions.
Jersey WaterCheck Launching in February
Data is essential to keep communities informed and utilities engaged, but how do we ensure that data is being used to tell the right story, the story of investment? Jersey Water Works is releasing Jersey WaterCheck in February to measure results and use insight to shape our work while advocating for utility investment.
Job and Funding Opportunities
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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