Opinion: Stormwater utilities – an idea whose time has come?

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BARRY CHALOFSKY / NJ SPOTLIGHT – When we flush the toilet, our wastes are carried away through a system of pipes that are owned and maintained by a wastewater utility. Similarly, when you turn on the faucet, the water comes through pipes that are owned by a water utility. These services come at a price — we pay both wastewater and water utility fees — to either a municipality or a private entity. Our society relies upon various types of infrastructure to ensure that our impact on the environment, and in turn our lives, is minimized.

Stormwater systems, while not as noticeable as wastewater or water supply, are just as necessary to ensure that our environment is protected …

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