Water Infrastructure

ELEC825 fights to protect water

Local 825 members who live and work in New Jersey and New York deserve the highest quality water and sewer systems to raise their families. Our economy depends on modern infrastructure to continue to grow and expand. It is estimated that New Jersey alone will require $8 billion in repairs to, and modernization of, our crumbling infrastructure systems.

Costly and disruptive water main breaks, elevated levels of lead in drinking water and emergency repairs are becoming more common. What was once cutting-edge technology is now severely outdated and endangers residents and the environment. Aging infrastructure and a growing population compound the problems of combined sewer overflow events (CSOs), which are preventable with the right investments.

Progress has been made

With ELEC825’s support, the Water Infrastructure Protection Act (WIPA) of 2015 and the Water Quality Accountability Act (WQAA) of 2017 were passed by New Jersey’s Legislature and signed into law.

ELEC825’s work toward these achievements was driven by its interest in safeguarding our water and providing work opportunities for our contractors and operating engineers


This law ensures that New Jersey’s aging water and sewer infrastructure be maintained to continue to fulfill the needs of communities. It allows municipalities that lack the funds to upgrade their water and sewer infrastructure to privatize their systems without a referendum, taking politics out of water.


This law protects New Jersey’s water supply from contaminants due to negligence, mismanagement and cyber attacks. It requires all water purveyors, public and private, to have asset management plans and perform proactive maintenance to comply with nationwide water industry standards.

The law also directs operators to develop cyber security programs that ensure computer-controlled water systems are not vulnerable to hackers seeking to interfere with operations or steal customer data. And it sets new standards for water hydrants to ensure that they are in good working order.

For more information on the NJ Water Accountability law, visit:

Water Infrastructure News

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by Mark Longo, Director of the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative (ELEC825)

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Key aspects of the bill are highlighted below.
This bill, to be known as the “Water Quality Accountability Act,” is intended … Read More

Key aspects of the bill are highlighted below.
This bill, to be known as the “Water Quality Accountability Act,” is intended … Read More

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[The following Op-Ed from ELEC825 Chairman Greg Lalevee originally appeared in NJSpotlight.com on January 13, 2017]

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ELEC825 advocated for the “Water Infrastructure Protection Act” that was signed into law by Gov. Christie.



ELEC825 advocated for the “Water Infrastructure Protection Act”. It passed the Assembly and Senate last week.

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