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Financially Sustainable Systems

The water infrastructure most in need of upgrading happens to be in New Jersey’s oldest cities — which are in many cases the most distressed places in the state. They have high rates of poverty and disinvestment, meaning the resources available to pay for these upgrades are extremely limited.

But even in New Jersey’s suburbs, the pipes that carry drinking water and collect sewage and stormwater are aging and in need of costly upgrades and repair. Too often, out of sight has meant out of mind when it comes to maintenance.

Jersey Water Works is helping to identify practical and innovative financing practices to help these places complete the necessary upgrades. Upgraded water systems provide a basis for greater economic growth, so the financing mechanisms represent an investment in our cities’ future.

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Using New Jersey’s State Revolving Fund to Reduce Combined Sewage Flooding in Camden City

This presentation by Andy Kricun, Executive Director of the Camden County Municipal Utility Authorities, reviews challenges facing clean water utilities and how to use State Revolving Funds to address those challenges. Using the City of Camden as a case example, the presentation considers Camden’s multi-pronged combined sewage overflow flooding prevention program.

Facing Our Future: Infrastructure Investments Necessary for Economic Success

This report presents the long-term needs and required infrastructure investments in the areas of electric power, transportation and water systems. The report provides a fact-based, analysis-driven opportunity to understand and explore realistic ways in which New Jersey can spur economic development – and economic success – through infrastructure investments. 2013.

Financing Urban Water Infrastructure

This presentation, by University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center director Jeff Hughes, provides a simple, comprehensive overview of the primary ways water infrastructure is financed, and also highlights some recent innovative approaches. 2014.

Jeff Hughes: Financing Urban Water Infrastructure

An Agenda For Change

This white paper summarizes the outcome of a 2014 gathering on water infrastructure, including guiding principles for improving urban water infrastructure, drivers for action and a set of action steps to stimulate progress. New Jersey Future. 2014.

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