Municipalities in New Jersey may soon see significant improvements made to public water systems thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
Municipalities in New Jersey may soon see significant improvements made to public water systems thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa and approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (Pixabay)
“Clean drinking water is a basic need which every New Jerseyan should have access to and that is why I am pleased that this bipartisan bill is moving ahead,” said Testa (R-1). “For far too long, New Jersey’s infrastructure needs have been either ignored or overlooked. This legislation aims to end that legacy of neglect and provide critical funding to public water systems that are in dire need of improvement and repair.”
Testa’s legislation, S-2591, would direct the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to develop and implement two programs to provide grants to public water systems from the funds received by New Jersey following the federal “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.”
Under the bill, the DCA would establish one grant program for public water systems that have less than 500 service connections to fund improvements to the operational sustainability of eligible small public water systems through the identification and prevention of potable water loss due to leaks, breaks, and other metering or infrastructure failures.
The second grant program would be designed to improve the sharing of information concerning water quality, water infrastructure needs, and water technology, including cybersecurity technology, between or among public water systems.