Communicating the value of our water infrastructure in building strong economies, vibrant communities and a healthy environment is an important first step in upgrading our systems statewide.
Connecting With Stakeholders On Water Infrastructure
Jersey Water Works Social Media Toolkit on Water Infrastructure: Compilation of memes, posts and tweets that can be used to help you raise awareness about combined-sewer overflow pollution, flooding, runoff and the need for water infrastructure investment. The goal is to engage stakeholders and the public in water infrastructure issues (Jersey Water Works Community Engagement Committee, 2017).
Educational Resources on Water Infrastructure for the Classroom Inside and Outside of School: Compilation of educational resources on water infrastructure that can be used inside and outside of school (Jersey Water Works Community Engagement Committee, 2017).
Downloadable, Custom Resources from DC Water Workshops: In Fall 2016, experts from DC Water’s consulting arm, Blue Drop, conducted five workshops for New Jersey’s cities and utilities on how to successfully make the case for water infrastructure investment that were co-presented by Jersey Water Works the NJ Urban Mayors Association and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Additionally, after a competitive application process, one-on-one consulting was provided to the City of Newark, the City of Jersey City and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.
Customizable Community Fact Sheets: A series of customizable fact sheets for use by residents, local organizations, and anyone else interested in educating the general public on combined sewer overflows, CSO solutions and how to navigate the CSO permit (Jersey Water Works Community Engagement Committee, 2016).
Educational Signs on Combined Sewer Outfalls: Graphic images for signage that can be used by combined sewer system cities and towns, organizations, and individuals to educate the general public on combined sewer overflows. These images have been approved by the NJDEP for permit holders to use to help fulfill their NJ CSO permit public participation requirement (Community Engagement Committee, 2016).
Polling Results on Water Infrastructure
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.
91 percent of New Jerseyans prioritized protecting the drinking water supply, which outranked nine other issues including improving education and reducing property taxes (Monmouth University Polling Institute, 2011)
New Jersey Opinions on the State of Our Water Systems, the Environment and Infrastructure: New Jerseyans ranked protecting our drinking water as their most important environmental concern and believe securing clean, safe drinking water should be the top environmental priority for the new governor and Legislature.
92 percent of New Jersey residents believe ensuring all people have safe drinking water should be a priority for the legislature and governor. (Jersey Water Works and New Jersey Future, 2017).
Communications Resources for Funding Stormwater Management
This section of the website offers a host of communications resources for stormwater management funding initiatives, including case studies, results of public opinion polls, guidance documents, free online courses, templates, customizable handouts, illustrative photos and other resources.