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Bateman Applauds Release of New Statewide Water Supply Plan

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) commended the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for releasing a draft of its first new Statewide Water Supply Plan in more than 20 years and pledged to continue working to protect the state’s water resources.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman commended the DEP for releasing a new Statewide Water Supply Plan. (Pixabay)

“Although this was long overdue, I was happy to see this new plan announced,” Senator Bateman said. “The Water Supply Plan is a crucial tool in helping us address drought emergencies. Now that it’s been updated, we can use it as a guide to prepare ourselves for the water demands of the future, plan for development and protect the environment.”

The Statewide Supply Plan evaluates the state’s water quality and its infrastructure, and it gives estimates on what kind of supply will be needed to sustain the state’s population in the future. The plan has not been updated since 1996.

Bateman began calling for an update to the Statewide Water Plan as most of New Jersey experienced a significant drought beginning in 2016. In January, the New Jersey Senate passed a resolution he sponsored urging the DEP to revise the plan. Although the drought warning has been lifted for most the state, Bateman said the new information will be important in planning for future water shortages.

“I understand there are some concerns with the revised plan, but this is just the first step,” Senator Bateman said. “Now that we have a draft plan we can take a closer look and begin to address these concerns and ensure the people of New Jersey have a stable water supply for years to come.”

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