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Assessing the Affordability of Water and Sewer Utility Costs in New Jersey

This report, 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. The report makes preliminary findings on household affordability based on the analyses and provides policy recommendations and ideas for additional research. This Phase 1 report was developed to provide background information for use by the Jersey Water Works collaborative and policy makers in selecting a consensus method for affordability analysis that can be used to establish baseline data for New Jersey communities.

This report is an initial step toward measurement of progress regarding the Jersey Water Works goals by establishing baseline measures for the following:

  • Drinking water and sewer utility affordability for residential users.
  • Level of financial stress facing water utilities, based on the fiscal capacity of ratepayers

This report provides an initial assessment of affordability calculation methods, levels of household stress using a variety of affordability indicators, ideas for improving the analysis through additional research, and a discussion of policy implications for the development of affordability programs.

Take a Proactive Approach to Rehabilitate Aging Infrastructure

This case study from American Water Works Association’s OpFlow, Take a Proactive Approach to Rehabilitate Aging Infrastructure, observes Dedham, Massachusetts, a historic town which has implemented a comprehensive asset management and rehabilitation program to create a more efficient, less costly, and more predictable wastewater collection system.

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.

A Review of New Jersey Water Bank Financing for Green Infrastructure Projects

This report issued by New Jersey Future, A Review of New Jersey Water Bank Financing for Green Infrastructure Projects, is the culmination of a year-long partnership with I-Bank and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to improve access to the program’s low-cost green infrastructure financing and continues to move the I-Bank into innovative areas of lending beyond traditional “gray” infrastructure.

Read more about the project here.

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