New Jersey's aging water infrastructure needs a major overhaul, and the price tag won't be cheap. By one estimate, it will cost up to $20 billion to upgrade the lines and systems delivering water to residents and businesses, as well as wastewater to sewage treatment plants.
The state's water supply plan has not been updated since 1996, even though it forecast potential water deficits in parts of New Jersey. Meanwhile, water purveyors face increasingly tough mandates to remove pollutants from drinking water. What does New Jersey need to do to tackle these problems before supplying residents with safe drinking water becomes a crisis?
Join Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight's co-founder and energy and environment editor, as he explores these and other questions with state officials and industry leaders.
Lee Solomon, President, Board of Public Utilities
Karen Alexander, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Utilities Association
Dennis W. Doll, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Middlesex Water
Michael Sgro, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary New Jersey American Water
Dennis Ciemniecki, President, Regulated Business, United Water