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New Administration Needs to Get Its Hands Wet Solving Water Problems

Upgrading an infrastructure that in some places predates WWI will be expensive and arduous, but it must be done

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New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure needs some big fixes, not exactly a news flash to state policymakers. Its drinking water systems date back more than a century in some cases; its structure for handling stormwater and wastewater too often ends up spewing raw sewage into bays during times of heavy rainfall. Leaking pipes lose up to 30 percent of the water before it is ever delivered to a home or business.

By most estimates, the state needs to invest tens of billions of dollars to clean up water and ensure residents have safe water to drink. New Jersey is not alone. The condition of its water infrastructure is no different from much of the rest of the nation’s. In addressing the long-recognized problem, policymakers and the public here can draw upon the successes and tools other states have adopted to tackle and solve water issues.

Jersey Waterworks, a collaborative of 350 industry leaders and experts, offers a blueprint for widespread transformation of the state’s water infrastructure with a three-pronged approach to address the problem.

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