Jersey Water Works approaches its agenda through collaboration and communication among its members and outside partners.

Our committees plan, implement and manage the strategy efforts of the collaborative through their annual work plans. The 2020 Work Plan will advance best practices, better stakeholder engagement, and affordability for all ratepayers, among other goals.

Our members, at the fifth annual Jersey Water Works Conference in December 2019, made over 30 commitments to implement water infrastructure solutions through new projects, initiatives and activities over the next year.

In Dec. 2016, the collaborative proposed an aspirational measurement system, now called Jersey WaterCheck, to track the progress it’s making towards accomplishing the shared goals. In Dec. 2017, launching the organization into its second phase of work, the collaborative released a new report, Our Water Transformed, identifying three consensus-based solutions to upgrade and transform the state’s water infrastructure. In Dec. 2018, the collaborative formed the Jersey Water Works Lead in Drinking Water Task Force, which released its report, Lead in Drinking Water: A Permanent Solution for New Jersey, in Oct. 2019 at a joint press release with Governor Murphy. In Feb. 2021, Jersey WaterCheck will launch as an online resource to tell the story of our state’s water infrastructure needs.

Past Work and Accomplishments: 

2019: The Jersey Water Works 2019 Work Plan outlines the steps the collaborative’s committees took towards accomplishing the shared goals. View JWW 2019 accomplishments

2018: The Jersey Water Works 2018 Work Plan outlines the steps the collaborative’s committees took towards accomplishing the shared goals. View JWW 2018 accomplishments

2017: The Jersey Water Works 2017 Work Plan outlines the steps the collaborative’s committees took towards accomplishing the shared goals. View JWW 2017 accomplishments.

2016: The Jersey Water Works 2016 Work Plan outlines the steps the collaborative’s committees took towards accomplishing the shared goals. View JWW 2016 accomplishments.

2015: The 2015 Objectives were adopted by the group that formed Jersey Water Works, the Urban Water Solutions Working Group.

Why Water Infrastructure Matters to New Jersey 

We all consume water and create waste, but seldom think about the underlying pipes, sewers, and utilities that sustain our water usage. Yet our lives depend upon clean drinking water, and robust wastewater and stormwater infrastructure systems support local economies, create strong communities, and protect our environment. Learn more about why water infrastructure matters to New Jersey, what this means for New Jersey’s communities, how smart water investments expand economic opportunities and how common-sense innovations can lower costs.

People Care About Water Infrastructure

People in New Jersey and across the nation prize clean water, they share a concern about their water systems and they are willing to pay more to improve and modernize their water systems. A number of polls reveal people care about water infrastructure.

91 percent of New Jerseyans prioritized protecting the drinking water supply, which outranked nine other issues including improving education and reducing property taxes. (2011, Monmouth University Polling Institute)
62 percent of New Jersey residents said water pollution was a very or somewhat serious problem. (2016, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll)
71 percent of Americans deemed it very important to improve and modernize the water infrastructure system, after being queried as to their assessment of the nation’s and local water infrastructure. (2016, The Value of Water)
90 percent of New Jerseyans believe that investing in water infrastructure should be a priority for the Legislature and Governor. (2018, Jersey Water Works and New Jersey Future)

Many of the collaborative’s efforts involve working with communities and utilities that have combined sewer overflows (CSOs), a problem caused by aging combined (sanitary and stormwater) sewer systems and exacerbated by increasingly intense rainfall events.  Early on, the collaborative identified CSOs as the most immediate driver for action given new federal and state regulatory requirement for cities and treatment plants to control them.

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Newsletter archive:

December 2020, November 2020, October 2020, September 2020, August 2020, July 2020, June 2020, May 2020, April 2020, March 2020, February 2020, January 2020
December 2019, November 2019, October 2019, September 2019, August 2019, July 2019, June 2019, May 2019, April 2019March 2019February 2019January 2019
 December 2018November 2018October 2018September 2018August 2018July 2018June 2018May 2018April 2018March 2018February 2018January 2018
 December 2017November 2017October 2017September 2017, August 2017July 2017June 2017May 2017April 2017March 2017February 2017January 2017
 December 2016October 2016September 2016August 2016, July 2016June 2016, May 2016April 2016March 2016February 2016, January 2016
December 2015, October 2015, September 2015, August 2015, July 2015, June 2015, May 2015, April 2015, March 2015, January 2015

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