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 2021. See the commitments of action undertaken in 2020, commitments undertaken in 2019, commitments undertaken in 2018, and commitments undertaken in 2017 by our members.
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Landis Sewerage Authority
Replace two ductile iron pipe force mains with directional drilling with high-density polyethylene, adding grinders at five pumping stations to handle wipes that are flushed. Continued habitat improvement in our forest and pine savannah working with partners like New Jersey Audubon.
Moonshot Mission, Association of Environmental Authorities
Establish a peer-to-peer network among water utilities to ensure that all New Jersey communities have access to resources, information, and capacity. A person’s zip code or address should not determine whether or not they have safe drinking water, sewage in their basements or at their bus stops, or clean waterways. The NJ Water Utility peer to peer network will provide peer to peer assistance for every community in New Jersey.
New Jersey American Water (NJAW)
NJAW will invest over $350 million in 2021. NJAW will replace over 90 miles of pipe, continue improvements at surface water treatment plants, upgrade treatment systems at groundwater stations, and deploy leak detection technology. NJAW will identify lead service lines in its system, use corrosion control and monitoring, advocate for full lead service line replacement, and constructive cost recovery approaches to support it, and educate customers on how to mitigate their exposure to lead from indoor plumbing.
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU)
NJBPU’s Division of Clean Energy is launching the New Jersey Acoustic Testing Pilot Program. This $1.5 million incentive program provides grant funding to successful applicants to purchase or rent acoustic monitoring systems that employ permanent leak monitoring technology. It primarily seeks to address water and energy losses in urban and inner suburban communities with older infrastructure that will result in benefits to overburdened communities.
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJLCV)
NJLCV is creating a new grant program for municipalities to start their own stormwater utilities to reliably fund green infrastructure projects. The program will allow municipalities to explore utility options and conduct the technical analyses or the public education needed to set a strong foundation for implementation.
Newark Department of Water & Sewer Utilities, Rutgers Water Resources Program and NewarkDIG (Doing Infrastructure Green)
These partners are identifying, designing and implementing several green stormwater infrastructure projects and developing a City of Newark Green Infrastructure Toolkit and Guidance Manual. The partnership will reduce the time between concept and installation of these projects with a “green first” approach to stormwater management.
The City of Newark Office of Sustainability, Newark Environmental Commission, and City of Newark Office of Planning & Zoning
These partners are collaborating to develop Newark’s first Environmental Resources Inventory (ERI), a report which aims to build a baseline understanding of the relationships between environment, land use, public health, and neighborhood quality of life within Newark. The ERI report will inform decision-makers considering future development and redevelopment initiatives about the ways in which the built environment impacts our community, elevating concerns about existing and potential environmental injustices because of the cumulative burden of pollution in some areas of our city.
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC)
ANJEC is continuing to improve stormwater infrastructure in Phillipsburg. With one rain garden already installed at the public library, two new green infrastructure projects will improve water quality and reduce localized flooding in the heavily developed areas of Phillipsburg, including at a local church and high school.
Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA)
ACUA will continue the replacement of a main sewer line that conveys wastewater collected in Longport, Margate, and Ventnor to the treatment plant in Atlantic City. The line has experienced premature erosion that is likely from grit washed in from the sandy beaches during high rainfall and storms. This second phase of construction will extend from Bader Field under the Atlantic City Expressway to ACUA’s treatment facility.
Clean Water Action, Clean Water Fund
Launch a new “Upstream/Downstream” stormwater justice initiative that creates shared watershed awareness and remedies to upstream suburban activities that adversely impact downstream Trenton neighborhoods with flooding and sewage.
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, Hispanic Family Center, Camden SMART
These partners commit to educating 150 families and distributing 150 water filters to mitigate lead hazards in water due to lead plumbing hazards in Camden in 2021-2022.
Natural Resource Defense Council
Ensure no one loses access to water service during and after the COVID-19 pandemic due to inability to afford their water bills. Advance long-term policy initiatives that support the affordability of safe, sufficient water and sewer service for low-income households.
New Jersey Future
New Jersey Future will advance green infrastructure practices in a newly designed, mixed-use 120-unit, private development site located in downtown Trenton, adjacent to Mill Hill Park and the Assunpink Creek. New Jersey Future will provide technical assistance to the developer and community outreach in the neighborhood to ensure that the green infrastructure features can be models for other private developers and other Trenton projects.
New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program (HEP), Public Access Work Group, NYC Parks, NJDEP, Waterfront Alliance, NYC Water Trail Association
These partners and other paddling organizations will revise and update HEP’s harbor-wide paddling guide. The brochure and associated website will serve to guide entry-level and potential boaters to places, organizations, and opportunities for human-powered boating while making the connection between water quality information and on-water recreation.
Implement “WaterSmart”, an intuitive self-service and water usage analytics platform that provides customers with enhanced tools regarding water conservation strategies, leak detection alerts, and expanded communication options for customers and the utility.
Town of Kearny
The Town of Kearny is working with the NJDEP and NJIB to finance and construct a $7M wet weather pump station that will facilitate combined sewer system (CSS) separation efforts and reduce localized flooding. The neighborhood currently experiences significant drainage problems during and after heavy rainstorms when runoff from the largely impervious 22-acre drainage basin floods existing roadways that result in impassable conditions.
ANJEC, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, New Jersey Future, New Jersey Highlands Coalition, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, The Pew Charitable Trusts, New Jersey Sustainable Business Council
These partners in the Flood Defense NJ coalition will work with and support municipalities looking to establish stormwater utilities as a tool for tackling stormwater challenges.
CDM Smith affirms the importance of water infrastructure to NJ’s future, and the JWW’s collaborative supporting mission. We will continue to provide, with our senior staff, technical support and resources for Committee leadership throughout 2021, assisting as co-chairs or leads of the Green Infrastructure and Education and Outreach Committees, and the Stormwater Utilities Green Incentives Subcommittee.
New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program (HEP)
HEP will publish 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.
Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA)
RHA will provide technical assistance to local decision-makers on climate resilience, green infrastructure, stormwater utilities, and lead and other contaminants in drinking water. RHA will continue to serve as a resource for information on drinking water quality, increase access to lead testing in underserved communities, and facilitate testing of private wells through the Well Test Program.
The Whitman Strategy Group
Publish quarterly website updates on Jersey Water Works progress.