Other Best Practices
Upgrading New Jersey’s urban water systems requires efforts across many fronts. While green and gray infrastructure, community engagement and financing are all key components, there will be many other areas in which Jersey Water Works, local officials, utility executives and community members will be involved. Below are documents and links to best practices in many of those areas.
Procurement Toolkit for Cities and Utilities
This Free Procurement Toolkit for Cities helps city and utility officials make critical early stage procurement decisions, including which “big city” procurement tool is most relevant and how to apply it to build resilience. The toolkit focuses on ways cities and utilities can use current procurement systems to enable better outcomes.
The procurement toolkit was piloted by seven U.S. cities: Anchorage (AK), El Paso (TX), Camden County MUA (NJ), Gary (IN), Norfolk (VA), Imperial Beach (CA) and Providence (RI).
With the generous support of the Kresge Foundation, re:focus partners and The Atlas Marketplace brought together a cohort of seven cities with eight private sector implementing partner organizations to apply three innovative “big city” procurement tools to tackle major infrastructure challenges in smaller cities.
2018 State of Stormwater Report
This report, 2018 State of Stormwater Report, provides a brief overview of stormwater programs in participating states. The information was compiled by National Municipal Stormwater Alliance member organizations and does not reflect any official state position on permit compliance or receiving water quality. Rather, the information provided is a snapshot of overall MS4 NPDES program implementation, current regulatory issues in the state, and a general estimate of the trend and overall quality of the state’s receiving waters.
USDA Tools to Support Source Water Protection
Although all methods of source water protection are important, this document from American Water Works Association, USDA Tools to Support Source Water Protection, focuses specifically on collaborations between water systems and the agricultural community, which includes farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and their partners. We encourage utilities seeking information on source water protection practices to review AWWA’s Source Water Protection Resource Community as well as AWWA’s G300 standard on source water protection and to consult with relevant state and local partners.
Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture: A Blueprint for Action
This report, Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture, aims to help water leaders envision the various ways that arts and culture can advance One Water goals, and how they can most effectively partner with artists and cultural leaders. It catalogues more than 30 real-world examples of effective projects and artistic collaborations, complete with in-depth case studies.
The blueprint presents a framework that can demonstrate the myriad ways in which arts and culture strategies can be effective, focused on seven strategies for how arts and culture can:
- Help people understand and connect to water;
- Inform water resource planning with new perspectives;
- Engage communities in participatory processes;
- Build bridges across different sectors and stakeholder groups;
- Mitigate the disruptive effect of construction projects;
- Integrate water infrastructure into the fabric of a community; and
- Support community activism.
Mainstreaming Potable Water Reuse in the United States: Strategies for Leveling the Playing Field
This report, Mainstreaming Potable Water Reuse in the United States: Strategies for Leveling the Playing Field, is intended to inform the broader dialogue about water reuse through a specific focus on potable reuse. The goals are to help municipalities and utilities that are considering potable reuse develop their approach and to help advance the efforts of those who are ready to implement projects.