New Jersey must urgently address water quality and the need to fund updates and upgrades to our state’s water infrastructure. Building on the successes of the collaboration over the past seven years, Jersey Water Works (JWW) Steering Committee members are committed to continuing to drive change to impact New Jersey’s water infrastructure. In 2017, JWW brought together stakeholders to affect change and outlined a consensus-based “action agenda” with four shared goals, first defined in the report Our Water Transformed: An Action Agenda for New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure. They are:
Today, JWW is a big tent. Its unique purpose is to take action that involves collaborative decision-making and building credibility. JWW’s network includes different perspectives for sustainable actions to ensure clean, safe, drinking water and wastewater services are available for everyone in all communities at an affordable rate.
In early April 2022, after two years of virtual meetings, the Steering Committee met in person to define what success would look like in the next three to five years. The retreat allowed participants to network and connect. Members affirmed the collaborative’s purpose and envisioned four major strategic directions. In the next three to five years, the collaborative will:
Jersey Water Works’ power lies in its partnerships and its bold vision to transform New Jersey’s water infrastructure. JWW members work together across boundaries to support, endorse, and implement strategies identified by the collaborative to address the critical issues facing water infrastructure and drive systemic change. JWW’s members believe that well-informed decision-makers, community partners, residents, and ratepayers should participate actively to influence the planning and management of their water infrastructure. Their collective voices guide new laws and practices to impact water quality and to push for resources needed to ensure proper stewardship of the state’s water resources.