October 2020
“Water professionals, essential now, essential always.” That’s what the New Jersey section of the American Water Works Association highlights in this recently released video for Imagine a Day Without Water. Thank you for celebrating water professionals! Essential now, essential always.
Funding to Address Lead in Drinking Water in NJ Schools
The City of Newark received a $7 million grant to remove lead from public school’s drinking water. The funding is from Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. Earlier this month, the Murphy Administration announced the availability of grant applications for $100 million in water infrastructure improvements through the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act.
Register Today for the JWW Conference!
Join us for the conference Wednesday, December 9 through Friday, December 11 to participate in New Jersey’s leading conversation on water infrastructure. Here is some of what you can look forward to: 
  • Over 30 leaders from JWW, New Jersey, and across the country will address our state’s top water challenges. 
  • In-depth workshop sessions on driving change in your community, affordable funding approaches to CSO projects, using data to help both utilities and the communities they serve, and building our water workforce.
  • Celebrating Jersey Water Works accomplishments and commitments for 2020.  
Take the Jersey WaterCheck Utility Survey and Help Inform an Exciting Statewide Dashboard
In February, Jersey Water Works will launch an online data dashboard called Jersey WaterCheck that will feature every drinking water and wastewater system in New Jersey. A short, voluntary online survey has been sent to managers at all drinking water and wastewater utilities to help collect data. The survey results will help populate each utility’s profile. Please respond by November 13 so your utility is fully described. Utility leaders—your information makes a difference! By returning the survey, you will help tell the story of water and sewer systems statewide and build the case for continued investment in New Jersey’s health.
Questions? Concerns? Register to attend one of our survey workshop calls on November 2 from 10-11 am or on November 9 from 10-11 am for utility leaders to help answer any questions. 
JWW Members Drive Water Infrastructure Conversations 
On October 19, NJ Spotlight News hosted a virtual roundtable with JWW Steering Committee member Andy Kricun of Moonshot Missions, JWW co-chair Mark Mauriello, Cheryl Norton of New Jersey American Water, and New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton. John Hurdle, NJ Spotlight News, moderated the conversation on the importance of investing in water infrastructure and the funding challenges that go with it.
Long Term Control Plans Posted, Public Comment Period Open
Municipalities and utilities with combined sewer systems submitted Long Term Control Plans to NJDEP on October 1. The submissions are now posted on the NJDEP website, and public comments will be accepted until January 31, 2021. Read more about this public review opportunity and what you can do.
The Watershed Institute Conference to Focus on Climate Change Impact on Water
The Watershed Institute’s Conference on November 2, 5, and 6 features several JWW members, including speakers Ed Potosnak, Wynnie Fred Victor-Hinds, John Evangelista, Jackie Park Albaum, Sophie Glovier, Lee Clark, Michael Pisauro, and Jim Waltman. See agenda sessions on green infrastructure, stormwater, flood resilience, and more.
Can You Imagine A Day Without Water?
Imagine a Day without Water awareness campaign was held on October 21. JWW joined hundreds of organizations around the nation to “raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.” Check out our social media to learn more about it.
The Cost of Inaction

Jersey Water Works Updates
Promotional Opportunity: Announce Your Commitment for 2021 by November 13
What water infrastructure-related projects are you working on now? What are you planning on doing in 2021 to reinforce our shared goal of transforming water infrastructure? Elevate your and the collaborative’s work by announcing your commitment to action at the annual conference. Review last year’s examples and learn more about our dedicated members’ commitments. The deadline to announce a commitment is November 13. Questions? Contact Lauren Belsky.
Drive Change. Connect with Other NJ Water Leaders. Join a JWW Committee!
Be a part of the solutionjoin a JWW Committee to collaborate with others who care about New Jersey’s water infrastructure. Join today, or attend one of these upcoming committee meetings by contacting Lauren Belsky:
  • Combined Sewer Overflow: October 29, 1-2 pm
  • Education and Outreach: November 6, 10-11 am
  • Asset Management and Finance: November 9, 11:45 am-12:45 pm
Legislative Updates
S648 - Requires certain public officials to complete a course of study developed by Commissioner of Community Affairs on operation of public water and wastewater systems. Second reading in the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on October 8.
S321 - Requires certain residential developers to replace lead service lines. Second reading in the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on October 8.
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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