Welcome to Jersey WaterCheck’s evaluation center — the Benchmark Hub.

The Benchmark Hub helps utility managers and state leaders dive into the factors that contribute to the need for water infrastructure investment. Here you will find the details, measures, reports, results, and data that we’ve gathered for every water and wastewater system in the state.

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Annual amount of money received from the federal government that is used to provide project funding support for NJ wastewater utilities (state-level)

This metric shows how much funding (including both loans and grants) the state of New Jersey received from the federal Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and US Department of Agriculture. CWSRF funds are primarily used through the New Jersey Water Bank for low interest loans to public community water systems (both government-owned and privately-owned) and non-profit public noncommunity water systems to finance capital projects that upgrade, rehabilitate, or replace components of wastewater and stormwater systems. These loans can also be used to reduce nonpoint source pollution. Some small systems (i.e., serving municipalities with less than 10,000 people) are eligible for and receive funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture instead of the NJ Water Bank.

Note: Not all capital projects are eligible for federal/State funds, and not all eligible projects request funds or are funded if they apply, depending on fund availability. Systems can also finance capital projects using cash flow, special fees, or market-rate bonds.

Note: The value for 2021 does not include USDA numbers, as New Jersey did not have any "sewer only" obligations that year. There were combination projects (water and sewer) that were obligated, but for the sake of consistency, the value for those projects is not captured in either this metric or the corresponding one for drinking water.

Data Source: NJ Department of Education (NJDEP) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA)