Jersey Water Works partners with local elected officials, municipal water and sewer departments, regional utilities, professionals, nonprofit organizations and associations, academics and community groups to find innovative and cost-effective ways to upgrade water infrastructure in a way that delivers multiple community benefits.

Policy Recommendations, White Papers, and Reports

Promoting Affordability of Public Water and Sewer Service for Low-Income Households in New Jersey: Policy Options: Based on a review of existing literature from around the country; research on existing New Jersey laws and programs; and interviews with leaders representing or associated with a wide range of stakeholders, including publicly and privately owned utilities, state regulators, affordable housing developers and advocates, consumer advocates, environmental justice advocates, business, and labor (Jersey Water Works Asset Management and Finance committee, 2019)

Hidden Capacity: How Proper Maintenance and Cleaning of Sewer Systems Can Have Huge Benefits: Highlights the importance of sewer cleaning and inspection as critical elements of a proper and effective sewer system operation and maintenance program; Provides regulatory recommendations to help ensure that municipalities/utilities are implementing these basic, cost-effective control measures and are operating and maintaining their collection systems properly (Jersey Water Works Combined Sewer Overflow committee, 2019)

Recommendations for NJDEP Implemenation of the Water Quality Accountability Act: Potential high-priority metrics for asset management program development and implementation, based where possible on existing information but also recognizing that the Water Quality Accountability Act will be forcing new actions (Jersey Water Works Asset Management and Finance Committee & American Water Works Association – New Jersey section Infrastructure Management committee, 2018)

Assessing the Affordability of Water and Sewer Utility Costs in New Jersey: Reviews various methods that have been or could be used to evaluate the household affordability of drinking water and sewer utility costs in New Jersey. It provides a preliminary assessment of household financial stress using these methods, based on recent household income levels and estimated utility costs (2017/2018 rates) for households using 60,000 gallons per year as a common demand level (Jersey Water Works Asset Management and Finance committee, 2018)

Balancing Green and Gray Solutions to CSO Management: Provides guidance to CSO permit holders and their Supplemental CSO Community Teams, to help guide the development of LTCPs for determining an optimal green/gray balance (Jersey Water Works Combined Sewer Overflow committee, 2018)

Mainstreaming Green Streets in New Jersey Policy Paper: State-level policy recommendations for government to make green streets a mainstream practice in New Jersey based on research and discussion with key stakeholders including state agencies (Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure committee, 2017).

Fact Sheet: Impact of Proper Maintenance of Combined Sewer Overflow System on Flooding in the City of Camden: Predicts, through modeling, the changes in the volume of stormwater conveyed to water pollution control facilities (WPCFs), combined-sewer overflows (CSOs), and flooding in the City​ ​of​ ​Camden​ ​as​ ​a​ ​result​ ​of​ ​cleaning​ ​pipelines​ ​and​ ​removing​ ​build-ups​ ​of​ ​silt​ ​and​ ​debris (Jersey Water Works Best Practices committee, 2017).

Green Acres and Green Infrastructure White Paper: Recommends ways for New Jersey Green Acres Program to allow green stormwater infrastructure in existing parks.  To prepare, the committee sought and received input from Jersey Water Works members (Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure committee, 2016).

Recommendations for Designing Parks and Public Spaces with Green Infrastructure: Green infrastructure features allow parks and public spaces to manage stormwater, control flooding, and improve water quality in ways that complement and can even enhance their other functions.  Green infrastructure features can be especially useful in flood-prone areas and in cities that need to reduce combined sewer overflows (Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure committee, 2016).

Suggestions for NJDEP Guidance Regarding Green Infrastructure: Comments on CSO permit language result in suggesting how NJDEP can improve clarity for the permittees without overly restricting permittee options (Jersey Water Works Best Practices committee, 2015).

Recommendations to NJDEP on the Stormwater BMP Manual Provisions for Green Infrastructure Techniques: Recommends to NJDEP green infrastructure design methodologies and templates that will educate and guide practitioners, convey NJDEP expectations, and reduce lifecycle costs (Jersey Water Works Best Practices committee, 2015).

Water Infrastructure that Works for Cities: Best Practices and Considerations for Preparing Long Term Control Plans to Control Combined Sewer Overflows: This white paper draws upon best practices from across the country to provide New Jersey’s CSO communities with smart solutions that employ innovation, reduce costs, and deliver tangible benefits that build community support. Prepared for New Jersey Future. 2015.

New Jersey A•I•M•S4: A downloadable resource for sewer and stormwater infrastructure system managers, was developed by Jersey Water Works members to offer a menu of strategies for managing sewer and stormwater systems that achieve better results at lower cost.

Model RFP for New Jersey Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control PlansThis model RFP includes a scope of services and consultant evaluation criteria, and is intended to enable a CSO permittee or regional collaboration of permittees to hire the professionals needed to  develop a successful long term control plan — one that meets regulatory requirements in a cost-effective manner while maximizing benefits to the community. Prepared for New Jersey Future. 2015.

Build it Green (BIG) Initiative: BIG helped New Jersey communities design, finance, and implement integrated projects aimed at addressing CSOs alongside other urgent community priorities.

Lead in Drinking Water Task Force

Jersey Water Works has convened a collaborative task force of experts from water utilities, trade associations, environmental groups, academia, advocacy and community development organizations, and all levels of government will develop a practical, broadly-supported action agenda to eliminate lead in drinking water throughout New Jersey. Chris Daggett, former commissioner of the NJDEP serves as chairman. More information and a list of members here. Contact Gary Brune, 609-393-0008 ex. 119, to learn more.

The New Jersey CSO Network

The New Jersey CSO Network is a forum for CSO permit holders and municipalities to share information and resources and seek regulatory, technical and financial support for CSO solutions that save money and serve communities better. The network includes staff and consultants from the 21 municipalities with CSOs and eight sewage treatment plants with NJDEP CSO permits.  Andy Kricun of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority and Fred Pocci of the North Hudson Sewerage Authority serve as co-chairmen.  Jersey Water Works provides staff support.  For more information, contact Ed DiFiglia.


Photo caption: City of Hoboken replaces century old water main on Washington Street


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