Upcoming Event: 2021 American Water Resources Association Mid-Atlantic Conference
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Asset Management and Finance Committee

Asset Management and Finance Committee

Change Committee
WORK PLANS
    1. Advance water/wastewater affordability for low-income customers by:
      • (a) Developing recommendations for an emergency assistance program in New Jersey, and work towards implementing a permanent program.
      • (b) Coordinating with the BPU water workgroup on its structure and outreach.
      • (c) Communicating, sharing, and using the consensus methodology report measuring affordability.
    2. Develop guidance for drinking water utilities to complete lead service line inventories.
    3. Develop and implement actions for the committee to increase the committee’s racial, gender, and sector diversity.
    4. Coordinate with the CSO Committee on LTCP implementation and stormwater fee options for CSO communities.
    1. Advance water and sewer affordability for low-income customers by:
      • (a) Producing recommendations to implement the white paper state policy options report released in 2019.
      • (b) Establishing a consensus methodology for measuring affordability issues, applying it to assess NJ communities, and publishing the findings.
      • (c) Work with the Combined Sewer Overflow committee to identify ways to address affordability in Long Term Control Plans and recommend them to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
    2. Review and issue comments on state government proposals relating to water financing and asset management plans, including the Water Quality Accountability Act.
    3. Work to increase the number of committee members and their racial and gender diversity.
    1. Advance water and sewer affordability for low-income customers by:
      • (a) Finalizing and issuing a white paper with a menu of state policy options to ensure affordability.
      • (b) Establishing a consensus methodology for measuring affordability issues, using it to assess New Jersey communities, and issuing a report on the benchmark findings.
    2. Issue a baseline assessment of drinking water utility capital investments in New Jersey.
    3. Review and issue comments on state government proposals, including New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection guidance for stormwater utilities, efforts to require asset management for wastewater systems, and Water Quality Accountability Act recommendations.
    4. Recommend, in partnership with industry groups, level-of-service goals for use with asset management programs.
    5. Represent Jersey Water Works and promote its work at industry and partner conferences and workshops, in coordination with backbone staff.
    1. Examine the legal impediments to establishing water infrastructure ratepayer assistance programs in New Jersey and identify policy recommendations to overcome them.
    2. Publish a report on “Cost Effective Investments for Water Infrastructure” and host an event to discuss implementation.
    3. Host educational events that utilize the framework provided by the NJ AIMS Guide, including training on water loss audits.
    4. Propose a completed Asset Management “action” for the Sustainable Jersey certification program.
    1. Publish case studies on the financial benefits of asset management for drinking water and wastewater utilities.
    2. Assess the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust green infrastructure financing program to identify ways to improve applicant success at obtaining funding.
    3. Publish a national survey of state-level initiatives to fund water infrastructure.
    1. Facilitate the development of a case study of the fiscal implications of asset management at Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority.
    2. Develop an on-line water infrastructure finance clearinghouse with references, resources and links to the following: grant/funding resources, innovative financing methods. alternative project delivery structures, New Jersey enabling statutes.
    3. Assess NJEIT financed integrated green and green infrastructure stormwater management projects that feature successful designs and financing applications and highlight intervention points and advocacy efforts that can improve the financing process and ultimately increase the number of projects funded.
    4. Benchmark wastewater and water-supply utility emergency repair costs.
    5. Review and catalog existing state water-related household assistance programs.
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