January 2020
New year. New opportunities. New ways to get involved!
What's your commitment to improving water infrastructure in 2020?

At the fifth annual Jersey Water Works conference in December, members committed to over 300 resolutions by choosing personal actions they can take in 2020 to improve water infrastructure, based off of a new JWW brochure . Choose what  Your Water Actions   will be stop by to pick one up at our office or let us know if you want us to mail you some. Let’s continue the momentum from the conference throughout the year!

Missed the conference? Read all the conference highlights in this blog post .
To advance the collaborative's shared goals , our four working committees will each meet next month to establish a year-long work plan. Don't miss this opportunity to help shape the collaborative's work. Supporting members are strongly encouraged to join a committee to plan and implement projects that advance the goals of the collaborative for the year to come. U pcoming committee meetings:

  • Asset Management and Finance: Friday, Feb. 7, 10:00-11:30am in Trenton
  • Questions? Contact Lauren Belsky
  • Education and Outreach: Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 1:00-2:30pm in Trenton
  • Questions? Contact Ed DiFiglia
  • Combined Sewer Overflow: Thursday, Feb. 13, 1:30-3:00pm in Iselin
  • Questions? Contact Mo Kinberg
  • Green Infrastructure: look for location announcement soon!
  • Questions? Contact Kandyce Perry

The Cost of Inaction

Often overlooked, our water infrastructure isn’t noticed until something goes wrong. This section spotlights everyday consequences of not investing in New Jersey’s water systems.

Tap Into Resilience Summit

Join WaterNow Alliance at the 5th Annual Tap Into Resilience Summit , a 2-day summit for local water decision makers and industry professionals . This unique summit brings together water leaders for two valuable days of networking, conversation, learning and leadership development on the critical sustainability water challenges of our time. Jersey Water Works is proud to support this event!

The agenda features several JWW members and past conference speakers, including:
  • Margaret Waldock, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Lester Taylor, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt and Cappelli
  • Melissa Elliott, Raftelis; AWWA President-elect
  • David Zimmer, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank
  • Chris Sturm, New Jersey Future
  • Meishka Mitchell, Cooper's Ferry Partnership
  • Andy Kricun, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
More rain, more problems: dealing with climate change's impact on CSOs

On Jan. 28, New Jersey Future hosted the Climate-Ready Combined Sewer Overflow Solutions Forum  at the Elizabeth Public Library. Panelists discussed what community leaders and state agencies are doing to address the challenges and the possible solutions that link climate change planning with sewer system upgrades. Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage shared his perspective as a municipal leader.

JWW Steering Committee members Andy Kricun and Pete Kasabach, along with JWW members Janice Brogle, Kim Gaddy, and Jackie Park Albaum spoke at the event. 

State Government Updates

The NJ State Senate is focused on water infrastructure. The following bills were passed out of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on Monday, January 27, and several will be heard in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting on Feb. 13.

  • S253 - Requires public water systems to develop lead service line inventories and replace lead service lines.
  • S320 - Requires contracts for sales of residential property to address lead service lines.
  • S647 - Revises asset management and related reporting requirements in "Water Quality Accountability Act."
  • S922 - Requires Local Finance Board to make certain findings prior to dissolution of municipal water authority.
  • S968 - 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.

To stay up to date, become a JWW member and join the Policy Group on Basecamp. Ask Lauren Belsky for more information.

Governor Murphy Mentions Lead Service Line Replacement in 2020 State of the State Address
Governor Murphy discussed his plan for a holistic approach to lead, including lead service line replacement, in his State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Jersey Water Works Steering Committee Co-Chairs Jane Kenny and Mark Mauriello released this statement on his address. Watch the live stream of the full address on the New Jersey Office of the Governor's YouTube channel , or jump to the clip discussing lead and lead service line replacement .
Funding Opportunities and Resources

  • Provides funding for local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities
  • 2-year projects are awarded up to $120,000

NJIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is offering an  Introduction to Water & Wastewater course  for professionals seeking New Jersey Water Supply & Wastewater Treatment Operators Licensure.

The US Water Alliance released a new report, One Water Change Leadership for Utilities: Six Essential Capacities , highlighting the essential leadership capacities that individuals at water utilities need to guide change toward One Water.
Water Infrastructure in the News

New Jersey:

Drink more recycled wastewater   Nature Research
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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