September 2019
Photo of the Month
Jersey Water Works members Meishka Mitchell and Andy Kricun, along with the rest of the Camden SMART team, won a US Water Prize at the One Water Summit in Austin, Texas on September 19. Pictured left to right: Frank McLaughlin (NJDEP), Meishka Mitchell (Cooper's Ferry Partnership), Andy Kricun (CCMUA), and Doug Burns (CCMUA) accepting the award. The community-driven collaborative won in the Cross-Sector Partnership category for engaging the community in tackling Camden’s extreme water challenges.

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.

Can You Imagine a Day Without Water?
Looking for a way to participate in Imagine a Day Without Water on Wednesday, October 23? The Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign is intended to raise awareness and educate Americans about how essential water is to our daily lives — and how it is often taken for granted. 

Join us for a tour of the Atlantic County Utilities Authorit y ’s wastewater treatment facility at 2-5 pm.

Jersey Water Works Updates
Last Chance to Submit NJ One Water Award Nominations!
NJ One Water Award submissions are due Monday, September 30. Winners are awarded trophies at the annual Jersey Water Works Conference on December 13. Awardees are announced at the AEA conference November 19-20, recognized at the AWRA-NJ conference in December, the AWWA-NJ conference March 17-20, and the NJWEA conference May 11-15. Check out past winners and learn more about holistic solutions to water issues on our website.
How can we ensure that our water systems are transparent and reliable?
The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee held three hearings on the Water Quality Accountability Act on September 10, 19, and 25. The goal of the hearings was to gather input on whether the act and/or its implementation can be improved and how water systems can best serve their customers. A diverse group of experts on water, advocacy, and policy testified, including many JWW members.
Resources and Tools

The River Network released its Drinking Water Guide: A Resource for Advocates to elevate equity issues as a component of drinking water advocacy work. The guide aims to provide information, resources, and case studies to advocates to ensure clean, safe, and affordable drinking water nationally for everyone.

New York State's Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation launched a new website, Know Your NY Water , to give New York residents better access to information about their water. It includes information about drinking water quality and the health of state rivers, lakes, and streams. The map-based website allows users to learn more about their water, as described in this press release from August 2.
Water Infrastructure in the News

New Jersey:

Mapping the strain on our water (The Washington Post)
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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