By announcing commitments, Jersey Water Works’ members demonstrate their dedication to the issue of water infrastructure and put their voices together to show leaders around the state the continued importance of water infrastructure to our future.

Commitments are new projects, programs or resources which help advance the goals of Jersey Water Works. They are unveiled at the annual Jersey Water Works Conference in December, and they are either completed by the event or can be accomplished within the next year.

The commitments listed below represent new projects, initiatives and activities that members plan to undertake in 2020. See the commitments of action undertaken in 2019, the commitments of action undertaken in 2018, the commitments of action undertaken in 2017 by our members.

Interested in adding your project to this list? Contact Lauren Belsky.

American Littoral Society

Greening and cleaning the upper Cohansey River Watershed through community clean-ups, riparian buffer plantings, and green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) installation as well as partnering with the City of Bridgeton School District to educate students. 

Borough of Glen Ridge

Replace all remaining residential lead service lines in its inventory (659 in total) by the end of 2020. Provide public outreach and education on water conservation.

City of Newark Department of Water and Sewer Utilities

Replace every lead service line in its inventory within 24 to 30 months.

Environment New Jersey and its Research and Policy Center 

Reach out to its more than 20,000 citizen members to promote research findings on the need for full lead service line (LSL) replacement; lobby the legislature for comprehensive LSL replacement legislation; advocate to the Drinking Water Quality Institute for a truly health protective lead in drinking water standard; and advocate to the Murphy administration for regular testing and disclosure of lead in every school’s drinking water.

Isles, Inc.

Provide technical assistance to community development organizations in communities that want to conduct comprehensive home inspections for lead in paint, water, and soil.

Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership

Offer at least five “#lookfortheriver” public outreach sessions through the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project. #lookfortheriver teaches residents how to adapt and prepare for a wetter, stormier future by examining historic patterns of land management through topographic maps, watershed identification, and learning about basic hydrology. 

Middlesex Water Company

Invest $70 million in infrastructure upgrades at its Carl J. Olsen Treatment Plant in Edison, New Jersey. Upgrades will provide increased resiliency and replace sodium hypochlorite with
ozone as the primary disinfectant in the water treatment process, as well as upgrade its emergency electric generation back up system. Construction is anticipated to be completed by mid 2021.  

New Jersey Department of Children and Families 

Test all of the 4,200 state-licensed child care centers for lead within 18 months, pending approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a $1.5 million federal Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act grant. 

Passaic Valley Water Commission 

Remove remaining utility-owned lead service lines (approximately 800 in total) by the end of its current two-year contract with a private remediation firm (i.e., by 2021).  

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Advocate for a coordinated state effort around lead prevention, a designated official point person to manage lead prevention activities across multiple departments, the creation of memoranda of understanding that allow for more data sharing, and publicly accessible lead testing results.

American Water Works Association

Acting through its Infrastructure Management Committee, lead a team in developing a model ordinance for lead service line replacement. This effort will fill an important informational gap in the development of such programs and thus accelerate their implementation.

Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions

Achieve better water quality in Phillipsburg, New Jersey by improving stormwater management in the Lopatcong Watershed through green infrastructure practices where stormwater has never been treated.

Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority

Increase awareness of the hazards associated with lead in drinking water by disseminating informational brochures in its quarterly bills and creating educational videos.

City of Bordentown Water Department

Employ a comprehensive, data-driven approach to investigating lead in drinking water, including exploratory digging of curb boxes, testing of fire hydrants at or near homes with exceedances, free water sampling to all users, and ongoing educational events for residents. The city will examine interior lead plumbing as a possible source.

City of East Orange – Department of Health and Human Services

Maintain its own water supply; conducting regular testing of its water quality and continuing to make investments as needed to provide clean water to its residents. 

Clean Water Action

Develop and share effective and replicable community-based communications and outreach models that engage the public in achieving solutions with regards to lead and advocating for adoption of local, state, and federal policies that ensure adequate funding, timely action, full disclosure, and removal of lead hazards.

Dan Van Abs (Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society, and the Environment, Rutgers University)

Publish an op-ed about lead in drinking water and its potential solutions In NJ Spotlight or a similar forum.

East Trenton Collaborative

Increase awareness of lead in drinking water among affected community members by distributing information and hosting a forum on the topic of water safety.

The Fund for New Jersey

Provide another year of philanthropic funding in support of a lead-free New Jersey, including a grant to New Jersey Future to support the Lead in Drinking Water Task Force. 

Green and Healthy Homes Initiative 

Continue providing substantive technical assistance to lead poisoning prevention programs, as well as advancing holistic lead hazard inspections that include lead-based paint, soil, and drinking water, focused on children with elevated blood lead levels.  

Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey

Host a webinar for its members, partners, and allies about the Jersey Water Works Lead in Drinking Water Task Force’s report and including policy initiatives that support water safety and access in its advocacy efforts to secure healthy, lead-free homes and communities. 

Lead in Drinking Water Task Force Chairman Chris Daggett

Publish an op-ed promoting lead in drinking water solutions.

Natural Resources Defense Council

Advance policy initiatives that support the affordability of safe, sufficient water and sewer service for low-income households. Engage with JWW and other stakeholders to develop and advocate for a shortlist of priorities for action on water affordability policy options.

New Jersey American Water

Identify lead service lines in its system, advocate for full LSL replacement and constructive cost recovery approaches to support it, use corrosion control methods and water quality monitoring to continue to meet lead and copper regulations, and educate customers on how to mitigate their exposure.

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

Participate in collaborative efforts to identify a more holistic approach to building inspections relating to lead exposure, one that includes lead in water.

New Jersey Department of Education

Gather input from stakeholders on spending guidelines for the $100 million in state funds provided under the Securing Our Children’s Future bond act for water infrastructure improvements in schools.

New Jersey Future 

Research the best methods to project the number of lead service lines in the absence of a complete inventory.

New Jersey Urban Mayors Association

Partner to sponsor an event on municipal water management. Topics will include lead abatement, crisis management, communication to residents, and financial assistance tools.

New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program

Publish two reports: the third edition of the harbor-wide Water Quality Report, aimed at providing clear, easily accessible information on water quality trends and impairments of the Harbor Estuary, and an evaluation of stakeholder input regarding the possible establishment of a No Discharge Zone designation for certain water bodies. 

Raritan Headwaters Association

Present a Watershed Tools for Local Leaders seminar on lead testing, treatment, and abatement, including an online “Lead Toolkit” education and outreach service to municipalities and other groups, as well as enabling residents on private well and public water to easily test their drinking water for lead.

Robert Tucker (Retired Scientist, Department of Environmental Protection)

Write op-eds concerning New Jersey’s lead in drinking water problem and potential solutions.

Trenton Water Works

Publish an online map of the lead service lines throughout its service area in order to help improve public safety. 

Whitman Strategy Group

Post quarterly updates to its company website that highlight Jersey Water Works’ progress, including one article featuring their volunteer work with the collaborative.

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