Jersey Water Works approaches its agenda through collaboration and communication among its members and outside partners.
Our committees plan, implement and manage the strategy efforts of the collaborative through their annual work plans. In Dec. 2016, the collaborative proposed an aspirational measurement system to track the progress it’s making towards accomplishing the shared goals.
2017 Work Plan: The work plan, to be executed by the collaborative’s committees, includes practical projects that will make water, sewer and stormwater systems more cost-effective and beneficial to the communities they serve. The projects advance best practices, better stakeholder engagement, and affordability for all ratepayers, among other goals.
Additionally, at the second annual Jersey Water Works Conference in December 2016, collaborative members made more than 30 commitments of action towards implementing water infrastructure solutions over the next year.
2015: The 2015 Objectives were adopted by the group that formed Jersey Water Works. Review the resulting initiatives.
Why Water Infrastructure Matters to New Jersey
We all consume water and create waste, but seldom think about the underlying pipes, sewers, and utilities that sustain our water usage. Yet our lives depend upon clean drinking water, and robust wastewater and stormwater infrastructure systems support local, economies, create strong communities, and protect our environment. Learn more about what this means for New Jersey’s communities, how smart water investments expand economic opportunities and how common-sense innovations can lower costs.
People Care About Water Infrastructure
People in New Jersey and across the nation prize clean water, they share a concern about their water systems and they are willing to pay more to improve and modernize their water systems. Learn more here.
91 percent of New Jerseyans prioritized protecting the drinking water supply, which outranked nine other issues including improving education and reducing property taxes. (2011, Monmouth University Polling Institute)
62 percent of New Jersey residents said water pollution was a very or somewhat serious problem (2016, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll)
71 percent of Americans deemed it very important to improve and modernize the water infrastructure system, after being queried as to their assessment of the nation’s and local water infrastructure. (2016, The Value of Water)
Many of the collaborative’s efforts involve working with communities and utilities that have combined sewer overflows (CSOs), a problem caused by aging combined (sanitary and stormwater) sewer systems and exacerbated by increasingly intense rainfall events. Early on, the collaborative identified CSOs as the most immediate driver for action given new federal and state regulatory requirement for cities and treatment plants to control them.
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