Smart CSO Control Plans
Many of New Jersey’s oldest cities still rely on combined sewer systems — systems in which stormwater runoff from city streets feeds into sewer lines and is treated, along with sewage, by treatment plants. Some of these systems are more than 100 years old.
During heavy rainfalls the volume of stormwater in the older, combined systems can overwhelm the capacity of the treatment plant. When that happens, combined sewage can overflow into area waterways, or back up into streets, public spaces such as parks, and sometimes even residential basements. This makes the sewage treatment plant operator vulnerable to lawsuits under the federal Clean Water Act.
Jersey Water Works’ initial efforts involve working with communities and utilities that have combined sewer systems, to help them identify and implement the appropriate combination of strategies to reduce sewer overflows.
Peak Day Water Demand Management Study
This study, commissioned by Alliance for Water Efficiency, conducts a peak water demand shaving pilot project in Rumson, NJ. The objectives of the study were to: determine the viability of using remotely-controlled irrigation systems to reduce peak water demands and thus delay or avoid costly infrastructure, to test implementation methods, and to discover potential barriers for water providers who want to use the technology. This report is intended to serve as a resource for professionals in the water and irrigation industries to learn from a low-cost, customer-oriented approach to reducing peak water demand.
Peak Day Water Demand Management Study (Alliance for Water Efficiency)
U.S. GAO Recommendations to Enhance EPA’s Oversight of Lead Rule
GAO makes three recommendations, as part of its report, Additional Data and Statistical Analysis May Enhance EPA’s Oversight of the Lead and Copper Rule, including for EPA to require states to report data on lead pipes and develop a statistical analysis on the likelihood of LCR violations to supplement its current oversight. EPA agreed with GAO’s recommendations.
Lead in School Drinking Water in New Jersey
New Jersey Future released this preliminary analysis of test results reported to and collected by the New Jersey Department of Education in order to help quantify the extent of the problem and recommend actions to ensure schools and communities are being provided all the support they need to remediate the situation.
Educational Signs on Combined Sewer Outfalls
The Jersey Water Works Community Engagement Committee has developed graphic images for signage that can be used by combined sewer system cities and towns, organizations, and individuals to educate the general public on combined sewer overflows. These images have been approved by the NJDEP for permit holders to use to help fulfill their NJ CSO permit public participation requirement. A full installation includes three images: a warning, explanation, both full and simplified, and contact information. The images can be used together on one sign or in a variety of combinations.
New Jersey A•I•M•S4
New Jersey Advanced and Integrated Menu of Strategies for Sustainable Sewer and Stormwater Systems (NJ A•I•M•S4)
This downloadable resource for sewer and stormwater infrastructure system managers, was developed by Jersey Water Works members to offer a menu of strategies for managing sewer and stormwater systems that achieve better results at lower cost. The guide is flexible, and seeks to offer options for a diverse range of communities and managers of sewer and stormwater infrastructure, who know their enterprise best and can assess the applicability, impact, affordability and political feasibility of each action.
The New Jersey A•I•M•S4 program includes:
- A Guide to Options for Effective Sewer and Stormwater Management; and
- A Strategy Checklist with action steps, methods, and resources from which communities, utilities or municipalities that own, maintain and operate sewer and stormwater infrastructure can select to improve cost efficiency, deliver better environmental and community benefits, track progress and link to resources; and
- A Crosswalk to NJDEP CSO Permit Requirements