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Water and Sewer

Water is a fundamental resource both to New Jersey’s natural heritage and to its economic well-being. Water resources serve the needs of people, agriculture and industry.

However, unless water is used sustainably those uses may place it, and ecosystems, at risk of permanent degradation.

The state of New Jersey has a complex system of laws, regulations and programs that address planning for and management of water, wastewater and stormwater.  This system addresses both water quantity (supply) and water quality, and affects water infrastructure and land use decisions.  New Jersey Future’s water quality management planning page highlights the state’s efforts to regulate wastewater infrastructure and the resulting impact on development patterns.

At the regional level, planning frameworks in the Highlands and Pinelands regions were established to protect those regions’ vulnerable water resources.

New Jersey’s urban areas face particular water-infrastructure challenges, exacerbated by a coming deadline for establishing plans to control their sewer systems. Learn more and download our report, Ripple Effects, on our urban water infrastructure resource page.

Future Facts
NJ Spotlight on Cities Looks Toward an Urban Agenda for New Jersey

The second annual NJ Spotlight on Cities conference explores a variety of topics relevant to developing an integrated urban agenda for New Jersey.

Lead Found in School Drinking Water Across New Jersey

Reports show that lead has been found in at least one drinking water outlet in 137 public schools in New Jersey. Our interactive map shows where, and how many.

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Jersey Water Works Membership Meeting: Collaboration Is the Key

The emphasis at the Jersey Water Works membership meeting was on collaboration to accomplish the work, and on treating water wholistically as a resource, in all its forms.

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Three Communities Step Up To Mainstream Green Infrastructure

The communities of Byram, Hammonton and Newton have been selected as pilot towns for New Jersey Future’s Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure project.

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Design Professionals Walk Away With Practical Green Infrastructure Insights

In its second series of workshops, New Jersey Future brought together design professionals working in the Highlands and Pinelands regions to expand their understanding of green infrastructure.

Articles and Stories
NJDEP Issues Sewer Permits That Will Launch Generational Investments

03/12/2015: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today issued final permits to the 25 cities and utilities that operate combined-sewer systems (CSSs), a first step to updating decrepit infrastructure, minimizing flooding and keeping raw sewage from reaching public waterways.

Sept. 15 Community Meeting Will Focus Reopening of Downtown Trenton’s Assunpink Creek

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Trenton are preparing to present their plans to restore the Assunpink Creek at a Sept. 15 meeting.

New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems: A Challenge, and an Opportunity for Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, Vision

How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.

Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

New Report Highlights New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Crisis

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

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Reports, Presentations and Testimony

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