“Projects such as these are critical to ensuring these vital public services remain in operation in times of natural disasters, and that our environment is protected,” state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Martin told The Record. “Sandy dealt a devastating blow to our drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, much of which is located along rivers and coastal areas that are vulnerable to severe flooding.”
Sandy exposed how vulnerable municipal and regional drinking water and wastewater systems really are. This $1.9 billion state financing plan to be managed through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) will make low-interest and no-interest loans available to 280 drinking water and wastewater treatment projects around the state. This is government at work, supporting water infrastructure for the common good.