$32.5 billion

November 24, 2014 | Number of The Day
What the state needs to spend on upgrading its wastewater facilities over next 20 years

New Jersey’s infrastructure is crumbling. We hear this over and over again, but for the most part, the discussion centers on the state’s antiquated roads, bridges, and mass-transit systems.

But water systems are at least as big a problem for New Jersey. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, New Jersey needs to spend $32.5 billion on upgrading its wastewater facilities over the next 20 years.

Another $8 billion is needed to ensure that the infrastructure for drinking water remains intact. The ASCE estimates that the country needs to invest $3.6 trillion in its infrastructure in order to remain globally competitive.