According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2016 Report Card for New Jersey’s Infrastructure released Mid-June, New Jersey’s water and wastewater infrastructure needs approximately $40 billion over the next 20 years.  The state received below a C+ rating in most water related infrastructure categories.  Recognizing the problem, New Jersey was recently awarded over $70 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements and other water related projects.  This new funding will allow for water projects to help improve the health and safety of both the community and the environment.
While the EPA grant will help resolve some of the current water related infrastructure challenges, substantial funding will be required for future improvements. New Jersey consumers may see water and sewer rate increases to cover those costs.
The majority of the recent $70 million EPA funding is going toward the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which focuses on wastewater systems improvements and pollution control.  This is not surprising as New Jersey’s wastewater infrastructure was rated a D by the ASCE.  The rest of the funding is dedicated to drinking water system improvements through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. 
Although the new EPA grant will allow for some infrastructure improvements, it represents less than a 1 percent of what is actually required to sustain a failing system. Unless New Jersey sees more funding, consumers can expect to see rate hikes.
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