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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
The Jackson Street CSO in Newark
Entering a New Era of New Jersey Urban Water Quality

The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, one of 25 cities and utilities to receive DEP permits that require controlling sewage overflows, is the first to to indicate it will go above minimum requirements.

Hoboken RBD
Outreach Plan for Hoboken Rebuild By Design Project Needs Improvement

The draft Citizen Outreach Plan for the Hudson River Rebuild By Design project needs to be expanded in several ways if it is to serve all affected citizens well.

Photo credit: flickr user Alec Perkins
Survey Will Gather Input on Health Effects of Flooding in Hoboken

A survey will assess the health impacts on Hoboken residents of repeated flooding. The results will be presented to the city to use in evaluating alternative solutions.

Volunteers planting a rain garden.
Incorporating Green Infrastructure: The Time Is Now

Strategies from a session at the American Planning Association conference on zoning for green infrastructure.

Urban water grate
Raising Awareness of our Urban Water Infrastructure on #UndertheEarthDay

New Jersey Future’s Urban Water Solutions initiative takes to social media for #UndertheEarthDay to highlight the state of our water and pipes.

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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