The One Water approach embraces the belief that all water– stormwater, drinking water, wastewater– has value that can be unlocked by implementing sustainable, inclusive, and integrated water resource management practices.

The inaugural New Jersey One Water Awards honors implemented water infrastructure programs or projects that address water issues holistically.  The awards are sponsored by a new partnership of the Association of Environmental Authorities, American Water Works Association, and Jersey Water Works. Together these three statewide organizations will help to shine a spotlight on programs or projects that exemplify integration across the water cycle and with other community priorities, reflect collaboration, employ innovation and education, and advance long-term sustainability.

Awards are given in three categories:

  • Public: Open to local, regional and state-level public entities in New Jersey including municipalities, counties, state agencies and utilities.
  • Private: Open to investor-owned water utilities and other private-sector firms and institutions
  • Nonprofit/ academic: Open to nonprofit organizations and academic institutions

The application period for 2017 has closed.

Read about the New Jersey One Water Awards nomination and selection process.

Receiving 2017 One Water Awards are:
Public Category:
  • The City of Hoboken’s Southwest Park, one of two winners in this category. Southwest Park is the first resiliency park in New Jersey, a one-acre area that incorporates significant stormwater management mechanisms to help control chronic flooding. The City received public input on three occasions on the park’s design and features, and the park’s interpretive signage provides educational opportunities to visitors.
  • The Landis Sewerage Authority in Vineland, the other winner in this category. As part of the authority’s operating practices, it returns treated wastewater to the ground for aquifer recharge; draws power in part from renewable sources and from co-generation; and fertilizes its 400-acre farm using biosolid byproducts from the co-generation process. The Authority partnered extensively with community and environmental groups and its programs include many opportunities for public education.
Private Category:
  • Middlesex Water Company, for its assessment/repair of a 30-inch transmission main under a major highway using internal application of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, the first time this rehabilitative technique has been used by a water utility in New Jersey. The Company hosted an information session and invited neighboring utilities, construction and engineering firms for an onsite visit to demonstrate this unique rehabilitation method and to see the application of the unique polymer product for themselves.
Nonprofit/Academic Category:
  • The Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, for its construction of an innovative wetland wastewater treatment system to replace an earlier failed septic system at its Watershed Center in Hopewell Township. The Association’s project promotes public education through interpretive signage and an audio tour to explain the wetland to visitors.

This year’s awardees will be announced at the November 2017 Association of Environmental Authorities conference and recognized at the December 2017 Jersey Water Works conference and the March 2018 American Water Works Association conference.

The New Jersey One Water Awards are sponsored by:

Inspired by the U.S. Water Alliance’s U.S. Water Prize