Panel recommends $400m bond issue to shore up NJ’s water infrastructure

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – A joint legislative panel is recommending the state pass a $400 million bond issue to begin addressing New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure, a system plagued by pipeline breaks, routine leaks, and pollution from runoff.

In a 30-page report following months of public hearings, the Joint Legislative Task Force on Drinking Water Infrastructure also proposed a range of policy changes to deal with what shapes up to be a $40 billion problem, overhauling an infrastructure much of which has outlived its useful life.

The final report, to be voted on by the task force on Monday, stops short of recommending a stable source of new funding to fix drinking water systems that leak at least 20 percent of the water they treat, or dedicate money to replacing an estimated 350,000 lead service lines that may pose health risks to residents …

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