National Infrastructure Week is a national week of events, media coverage, and education and issue advocacy to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue affecting America’s economy, society, security and future.
In 2018, hundreds of organizations and thousands of leaders are uniting around one message: The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s #TimeToBuild.
Jersey Water Works is compiling a list of all Infrastructure Week activities taking place across the state so we can promote them. Share your participation activities with Brian Caycho.
In this post:
- Become an affiliate of Infrastructure Week
- Plan an event: Infrastructure field trip, breakfast or lunch-and-learn, forums, workshops, seminars
History is made by those who show up. That’s why events are so important: People coming together, talking, planning, and leading. Events unite strange bedfellows and draw press. Events are a platform for you to brag where you should, and to be a squeaky wheel where it’s needed. Events create photo-ops – and in infrastructure, a picture can be worth one trillion words.
- Tell your story: Announce a proclamation or resolution, publish an op-ed or blog post, release new information
- Use Jersey Water Works infographics on social media and/ or national grab-and-go graphics with #TimeToBuild to communicate the value of water
How much do we love our infrastructure? Let us tweet the ways …
- For more ideas, download the Infrastructure Week 2018 Toolkit: Brand guide, field trip guide, message guide, templates for a press release, op-ed, and more
Members at Work
Our communities, our health and our economy depend upon modern, robust drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems. However, many of these systems are in desperate need of upgrades and investment.
Jersey Water Works members have implemented a multitude of capital projects and investments to address our water issues, including:
- City of Hoboken’s Southwest Resiliency Park
- Landis Sewerage Authority’s aquifer recharge system
- Watershed Institute’s constructed wetland wastewater treatment system
- Middlesex Water Company’s repair of a 30-inch water main
- South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority’s water pump replacement
- Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties’ wastewater treatment equipment upgrade
- Borough of Milltown’s water distribution improvements
- Long Beach Township’s sanitary sewer replacement
- Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions’ rain gardens and porous parking lot in Woodstown
- Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s wastewater treatment plant upgrade
- Stevens Institute of Technology’s rain gardens
- City of Elizabeth’s Trumbull Street stormwater control project
Email Brian Caycho to have your project added to this list!
Costs of Inaction
Many of New Jersey’s water systems are old and failing. The state loses an estimated 130 million gallons of clean, potable water daily due to leaky pipes. Some communities have drinking water contaminated with lead, and backups cause flooding of raw sewage into rivers, streets and basements.
Jersey Water Works aggregates news headlines that highlight the consequences felt by New Jerseyans of not investing in our water systems. Here are some highlights from the past year:
Take a look at the JWW social media toolkit on water infrastructure and/or use the below infographics to communicate findings from a recent survey of New Jersey residents by Jersey Water Works and New Jersey Future.