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Other Best Practices

Upgrading New Jersey’s urban water systems requires efforts across many fronts. While green and gray infrastructure, community engagement and financing are all key components, there will be many other areas in which Jersey Water Works, local officials, utility executives and community members will be involved. Below are documents and links to best practices in many of those areas.


Transforming the East Orange Water Commission

Mayor Lester Taylor of East Orange delivered a presentation at the 2017 WaterNow Alliance Summit to stress the importance of understanding the current water reality in one of New Jersey’s oldest cities.  This presentation outlines the challenges faced in water system management, the increasing demands on water sources, the degraded state of water infrastructure, and the strategies that have been implemented to safeguard drinking water quality and transform the East Orange Water Commission.

Transforming the East Orange Water Commission (Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, City of East Orange)


Promoting Green Streets: A recipe for integrating water and transportation infrastructure investment

This guide, developed by The River Network and Hawkins Partners, Inc., helps support city administrators, planners, designers, and environmental advocates in determining the potential — and developing strategies — for green streets in their cities and watersheds. Many large cities have made intentional commitments to green street strategies to reduce stormwater runoff that contributes to combined sewer overflows.


Promoting the Value of Water and Water Efficiency

Resources from EPA WaterSense

WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that promotes the value of water efficiency and water-efficient products. As a promotional partner of WaterSense, Jersey Water Works has assembled the following WaterSense resources to promote the value of water and educate on water conservation and efficiency.

Below are links to a series of factsheets, brochures, checklists, graphics and more that can be used to communicate and encourage water conservation and efficiency strategies.


What is WaterSense? – General Information

Every Drop Counts
This fact sheet provides an introduction to the WaterSense program, describes how to get involved and how to find WaterSense products.

Indoor Water Use in the United States
This fact sheet describes an average American’s water usage inside his or her home and provides tips on how to save water.


Address Local Water Issues

New Jersey Water Fact Sheet
This fact sheet describes New Jersey’s water supply, its growing water demands and the positive role water conservation and efficiency can play in protecting the state’s water.

When in Drought … Use Your WaterSense
These simple tips can help a community reduce water use during droughts. These tips to save water at home are worth considering even if there is no water shortage.


Engage Water Users

Brochure: Simple Steps to Save Water
This brochure provides simple and easy ways to be more water efficient. Contact the WaterSense Helpline to request printed brochures.

Checklist: Checklist for a Water-Efficient Irrigation System
This checklist covers what it takes to have a water-efficient landscape.

Bill Stuffers
Water utilities can use these customizable templates to educate customers about the importance of water efficiency. There is room to insert a logo before printing.

This 6.5′ x 2.75′ banner encourages Americans to make smart water-efficient choices regarding their water use and can be used in stores, community buildings, or at trade shows.

Social Media
These status posts for Facebook and tweets for Twitter can be used to publicize the We’re for Water outreach program. We’re for Water is a WaterSense national outreach theme used to educate consumers about water efficiency and water-saving behaviors.