June 2021
Trenton Water Works celebrates the first graduating class of its new water and sewer training program, pictured above with Mayor Gusciora. A new session will start this month with 14 new students. 

Photo credit: Trenton Water Works - Mayor Gusciora, Director Lavenberg, Councilman Rodriguez, Instructor Andrew Pappachen, Dr. Robert J. Schreyer - MCCC VP, and Dr. Gonzalo Perez - Dean of MCCC Academic Affairs pose with graduates at City Hall.
New Jersey is getting ready for big federal and state investments. Register today for the July 28 JWW Membership Meeting!
Register for the virtual JWW Membership Meeting on July 28 from 1 - 3 pm to connect with members and see how JWW can foster new opportunities, connections, and win-win solutions to New Jersey’s toughest water challenges. You don’t need to be a member to attend, all are welcome! Join us for a panel discussion on different perspectives of JWW stakeholders and the opportunities available for members with new federal and state investments in advocating for water infrastructure solutions, breakout discussion sessions, and top highlights from JWW working committees.
Important water-related bills advance Jersey Water Works goals
S647, which revises cybersecurity, asset management, and related reporting requirements in the Water Quality Accountability Act, passed both Houses on June 21. S3398/A5343, which requires public community water systems to inventory and replace lead service lines within 10 years; provides for recoupment of costs by investor-owned public water systems, passed the Senate on June 21 and is scheduled for a vote on June 23. JWW has played a key role in promoting water accountability and lead service line replacement and crafting the solutions embodied in the bills.
Utility moratorium extended through end of 2021
Members of the Affordability Subcommittee met on June 23, to explore ways to elevate the water assistance programs conversation. Questions remain about how much money will be available and how it will be distributed for water utility arrears. Email Lauren to get involved in the subcommittee.

CSO permit holders have 60 days to respond to NJDEP comments on Long Term Control Plans
The first response letters from NJDEP were sent to municipal and utility permit holders on their combined sewer overflow (CSO) Long Term Control Plans, which were posted in May and June. Read more on this from the Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers campaign.
Learn more about NJ’s funding priorities in $386 million water infrastructure investment
The partnership between New Jersey Infrastructure Bank and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection supports the New Jersey Water Bank. The Water Bank issued $386 million in bonds, creating over 4,600 construction jobs. The projects will “improve and protect water quality and address public health issues through the replacement and upgrade of existing infrastructure,” according to a NJDEP news release on June 4.
Help advance goals for a lead-free New Jersey
Lead-Free NJ is hosting it's quarterly membership meeting on July 19, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. With communities determined to remove lead from the environment and potential opportunities in place to fund their efforts, this is an important moment for lead-free advocates. Register to network and discuss lead policy with others, learn more about Lead-Free NJ’s recent work to get the lead out, and find out how to make change together. The event will feature:

  • A spotlight on Lead-Free NJ policy work
  • A panel discussion with experts about community organizing around lead issues
  • Updates from Lead-Free NJ committees
Explore the US Water Alliance report on Water Equity Task Force findings
US Water Alliance released a report Water Equity Taskforce: Insights for the Water Sector, featuring the key takeaways from Atlanta, Buffalo, Camden, Cleveland, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh. This report discusses the foundations for building cross-sector partnerships, presents insights for a collaborative approach to water equity, and shares tangible benefits for utilities and communities.
The Cost of Inaction
Often overlooked, our water infrastructure isn’t noticed until something goes wrong. This section spotlights the everyday consequences of underinvestment in New Jersey’s water systems.

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Jersey Water Works Updates
Educate consumers using JWW data dashboard, Jersey WaterCheck
Utilities play a vital role in educating consumers on the quality of their drinking water through the annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). Jersey WaterCheck created and shared updated QR codes that drinking water utilities in New Jersey can include in their CCR to complement their efforts to educate consumers. Learn more about how Jersey Water Works is using Jersey WaterCheck as a shared measurement tool at the July 28 Membership Meeting.
Get involved in these upcoming committee meetings
Green Infrastructure Municipal Engagement Subcommittee - June 29 at 10:00 am

Asset Management and Finance LSL Guidance Subcommittee - July 14 at 10:00 am
Legislative Updates
S647—Revises cybersecurity, asset management, and related reporting requirements in the Water Quality Accountability Act, passed both Houses on June 21.
 
S3398/A5343—Requires public community water systems to inventory and replace lead service lines within 10 years; provides for recoupment of costs by investor-owned public water systems, passed the Senate on June 21.
Job and Funding Opportunities
Association of Environmental Authorities Career Center

NJ Water Association Job Postings

NJ Water Environment Association Job Board

New Jersey Future seeks a skilled, organized, and motivated Program Associate to provide administrative and communications support to the program team involved with projects dedicated to improving the state’s water quality and infrastructure.
 
New Jersey Future is looking for a highly motivated Director of Water Policy and Practice with a record of success to drive change in the policy and practice of two of the most timely and pressing water challenges, stormwater management and lead in drinking water, as well as water infrastructure policies more generally.

Stockholm International Water Institute 2022 Stockholm Water Prize: nominations due September 30, 2021. 
  • Candidates for the Stockholm Water Prize will have attained outstanding achievements of lasting significance for sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources.
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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