July 15, 2020
Dear Friends,
Tens of millions of Americans lack access to safe drinking water. Increased scrutiny following the Flint, Michigan crisis revealed that in communities nationwide, lead in pipes and plumbing is leaching into drinking water and creating a serious public health problem.

Right here in New Jersey, lead service lines carry water into an estimated 10 percent of private homes, threatening the health of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey families, especially those in communities of color and low-income communities. Like so many critical services today, access to clean water is an issue of equity.

New Jersey Future, together with Jersey Water Works, has been coordinating and leading efforts over the past several years to remove these harmful lead service lines. We have a long way to go, but these efforts are paying off. The City of Newark has already replaced 12,000 lead service lines since March of last year, continuing this important work even during the pandemic. And Governor Murphy and legislative leaders have announced comprehensive strategies to eliminate lead in New Jersey drinking water within 10 years based on ground-breaking solutions offered by the Jersey Water Works Lead in Drinking Water Task Force.

As we work toward an equitable recovery over the coming months, New Jersey Future is focused on creating healthy, strong, resilient communities for everyone. Investing in safe and resilient water infrastructure and ensuring the affordability of clean water for everyone are two of these priorities. We hope you will join us in our efforts to build a stronger future for all New Jerseyans.

Toward clean water for everyone,

Peter Kasabach
Executive Director
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Founded in 1987, New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes sensible growth, redevelopment and infrastructure investments to foster vibrant cities and towns, protect natural lands and waterways, enhance transportation choices, provide access to safe, affordable and aging-friendly neighborhoods and fuel a strong economy. New Jersey Future does this through original research, innovative policy development, coalition-building, advocacy, and hands-on strategic assistance. Embracing differences and advancing fairness is central to New Jersey Future’s mission and operations. To effectively advance its mission, New Jersey Future is firmly committed to pursue a culture of greater justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through its programs, internal operations and external communications.