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.
- Water Quality Management Planning
A resource for information related to wastewater planning and management in New Jersey.
- Water Infrastructure
- Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure
Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure is a program to make green infrastructure the first choice for stormwater management in New Jersey.
A delegation from Jersey Water Works will represent New Jersey at the national One Water Summit in Atlanta.
Gloucester City, Jersey City, and Perth Amboy will receive technical assistance and engineering support services to design innovative, financeable projects that reduce combined sewer outflows (CSOs) while also making neighborhoods and downtowns better places to live, work, and invest.
A special roundtable discussion at Redevelopment Forum 2016 focused on the opportunities green bonds present to fund resiliency efforts and water-infrastructure upgrades in New Jersey.
New Jersey Future recently hosted two workshops for municipal leaders in the Highlands and Pinelands, to introduce them to the benefits and opportunities presented by green infrastructure.
National Infrastructure Week is May 16 thru 23, and offers a good reminder of the importance of investing in infrastructure: It benefits the community, and the economy, and the costs of not investing can be far higher.
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.
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.
How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.
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.
Municipal, county, and consulting stormwater engineers will learn about green infrastructure techniques through a peer to peer training.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Final Jersey City to Proacitvely Test Water Supply Press Release %282%29
- 08/31/2015: Hudson River RBD Project COP Comments
- 2013 Facing Our Future Report - Infrastructure Investments Necessary for Economic Success
- Can We Depend on Our Water Infrastructure?
- 2014-11-18_Trenton Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study.compressed
- 12/12/14: Testimony on Solving Sewer Overflows: Getting Ahead of the Flow New Jersey Clean Water Council
- Federal Urban Waters NGO News Release_12 3 2014
- New Jersey Future-NRDC Comments on NJDEP FY15 CWSRF and IUP
- New Jersey Future Stormwater Utilities Report 9-14 (Intern Report)
- Roxanne Qualls presentation on Cincinnati
- New Jersey Future Van Abs 2014 Pinelands Growth Area Water Assessment
- Agenda for Change
- Case Study: Paterson
- Case Study: Jersey City
- Case Study: Hoboken
- Case Study: Camden
- Ripple Effects
- Van Abs: Water Infrastructure in New Jersey's CSO Cities
- 01/06/2014: Testimony S1557/A2641
- 12/05/2013: Testimony S1557/A2641
- Air Quality Baseline Topic Report
- Statutory and Regulatory Barriers to Green Infrastructure in New Jersey 1-13 (Intern Report)
- NY Times 8-3-2012 - Mapping Future Growth
- Wastewater Planning County Fact Sheets
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- 01/18/2012: Statement on Implementation of Wastewater Bill
- 01/05/2012: Statement on A4422-Permit Extension Act
- 12/14/2011: Joint Statement on A4422-S3165 Permit Extension Act
- 12/12/2011: Testimony on S3156
- Executive Order-78
- Smart Growth NJ August 2011 Poll Report