Opinion: NJ’s water needs could decrease despite 10.4m residents by 2040

Round Valley Reservoir, new jersey

DANIEL J. VAN ABS / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New Jersey’s three transportation Metropolitan Planning Organizations project an 18 percent increase in population from 2010 to 2040, to roughly 10.4 million. Our current population is 9 million. What will the increased population do to our public water demands?

The answers require looking at a lot of moving parts. I recently published a report for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on water demands in the year 2040. The NJDEP commissioned this report in 2014 to support future improvements to the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan …

Daniel J. Van Abs is associate professor of practice for water, society, and environment at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. 

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