The February issue of NJ Municipalities has a special Focus on Water Infrastructure, dealing with one of the basic needs of all life on earth – clean water. Most of us take it for granted. You turn a tap and there it is. It takes a major disruption from a major disaster, like Sandy, for us to appreciate how precious a gift it is, how fragile we all are without it, and how much planning, piping, filtration, resources and effort goes into delivering clean water from its source to our homes and businesses.
It’s a sobering thought to consider the fact that there is, today, and there will be forever, the same amount of water on earth – in ready-to-use liquid form, frozen as ice or condensed in clouds – as there was when the dinosaurs roamed the planet. It is a resource we all need to preserve and protect for the sake of future generations.
Our vitally important but aging water infrastructure demands our attention now before the tap runs dry either due to disaster damage or neglect. Put into perspective, New Jersey’s water infrastructure requires an EPA estimated $25 Billion investment over the next 20 years. Compare that with the recently approved Transportation Trust Fund of $400 million per year for local road and bridge infrastructure and you understand the impact of water on the fiscal future of New Jersey. With knowledge, care and timely investments we can work, today, to preserve this most basic resource critical to all our communities.
For all these reasons, the League of Municipalities is pleased to feature several articles on water infrastructure solutions in the February issue of NJ Municipalities:
- Sustaining Our Water Infrastructure; Effective policies for Urban New Jersey (see p. 6-8), by Mayor Albert Kelly, President, NJ Urban Mayors Association; Immediate Past President, NJLM
- Utilities at the Crossroads, by Daniel Van Abs,* Ph.D, PP/AICP, Associate Professor of Practice, Rutgers University
- New Report Analyzes the Financial Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure, by David Zimmer, Executive Director, NJ Infrastructure Bank
- Trenton: Prioritizing Our Water Supply and Infrastructure, by John F. McKeon, Representative, District 27
- OpEd: The City of Newark Solves a Big Problem, by Mildred Crump, Council President, City of Newark
*Courtesy copy provided by NJ Municipalities