November 2020
Collaborative impact cannot happen without passionate people working towards a common goal. Thank you for doing your part in transforming New Jersey's water infrastructure. We are so grateful for your support!
A water main break in Elizabeth, New Jersey sent brown water running through the streets on November 9. Utilities need resources to continually invest in their systems to replace aging pipes before there is a problem, like a main break.  
Don’t Miss New Jersey’s Leading Conversation on Water Infrastructure!
Attend the sixth annual Jersey Water Works Conference, December 9-11, remotely from wherever you are! Over 30 dynamic water leaders from JWW, New Jersey, and across the country will engage attendees in conversations on water funding, CSOs, transparency and data, water workforce, a keynote address on water equity and resilience, and more. One registration allows access to all sessions. See a live demo of the new JWW data dashboard at the Dec. 11 workshop session!

  • Earn Certified Planning Credits: The plenary panel and all workshops have each been approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.25 - 1.5 CM credit
Green Infrastructure Champions Training - Sign Up is Open
  • Register for the 2021 Green Infrastructure Champions Training Program. Become a key player in implementing green infrastructure as a stormwater management approach in your town. 
  • Don’t miss the JWW Conference workshop on Dec. 10 to hear about the program from a Green Infrastructure Champion, and other ways you can enhance your knowledge to be an informed water citizen in your community.
Water Bills Transferred to Assembly Special Committee
Several water-related bills were transferred to the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources on November 19. 

  • S647 / A4825 - Revises cybersecurity, asset management, and related reporting requirements in "Water Quality Accountability Act."
  • A2200 - Requires water purveyors to conduct, and report to NJDEP, water loss audits.
  • A2631 - Requires water purveyors to conduct water loss audits.
  • A3142 - Revises certain licensure requirements to operate water supply and wastewater treatment systems. 
  • S922 / A5043 - Requires Local Finance Board to make certain findings prior to dissolution of municipal water authority.
Opportunity to be Heard on Multi-billion Dollar CSO Plans
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. 
Water Infrastructure Conversations Make Headlines
Over 15 JWW members spoke on panels and sessions about water at several recent events in November. The New Jersey League of Municipalities (NJLM), Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA), and The Watershed Institute recently held their annual conferences. The NJLM Conference featured several water sessions, AEA Conference highlighted essential information for essential water workers, and The Watershed Institute focused on climate change and its impact on water.
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
New JWW CSO Committee Report Features Training Programs that Prioritize Water Infrastructure
  • In the face of generational demands for water infrastructure investment, along with relatively high levels of unemployment, the City of Newark has instituted training programs to help bolster its water workforce. This new JWW CSO Committee report, produced by the JWW CSO Water Workforce Subcommittee, explores how these programs can serve as models. 
  • For more insight and ideas on how we can build our water workforce pipeline attend the JWW Conference workshop on December 11.
Jersey WaterCheck Survey - Thank You! See Live Demo at JWW Conference
  • Thank you for completing the utility surveys and green infrastructure municipal surveys to inform the data dashboard. Your responses will help tell the story of New Jersey’s water needs.
  • Don’t miss the JWW Conference workshop on December 11 for a panel discussion and Q&A on building trust in our water systems to help generate community support for much-needed investments, with a soft launch and live demo of the new JWW data dashboard!
Request for Proposals
NEIWPCC, in cooperation with the New York - New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program (HEP), the states of New York and New Jersey, USEPA, and their partners, is inviting proposals for a study to estimate the economic value of clean water and health of the associated ecosystem in the New York - New Jersey Harbor Estuary. Proposals are due January 6. Submit any questions by December 21.
Water Infrastructure in the News

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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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