New Jersey water purveyors: did you get the memo? Don't miss this important update to New Jersey's water quality laws so your compliance doesn't miss a beat.
New Jersey's water quality will soon face new standards as a result of Governor Chris Christie's recent accountability act for most purveyors. Here's what you need to know to stay prepared and in compliance with new state regulations.
What is the act?
Officially titled the New Jersey Water Quality Accountability Act (S2834/A4569), the law applies to both private and public water utilities with greater than 500 service connections. The requirements of the act mean that water purveyors will have to perform certain testing, reporting, and management and infrastructure investment/planning services to remain in compliance.
Why is this a new law?
Proper water quality is, of course, a high priority for all citizens. Unfortunately, New Jersey deemed water safety an issue that compromised the health of its residents when some utilities were found to not be treating and maintaining quality appropriately and failing to notify the public.
When did this begin?
The act was unanimously passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives on June 8, 2017. Governor Christie signed the act into law on July 21, 2017. The law took effect 90 days after this enactment date.
What do you need to do to remain compliant?
Compliancy is top of mind, so if this new act applies to you, you'll want to be sure you understand and follow each requirement thoroughly. Some requirements will take a considerable amount of time to prepare, so it's best to start now so you don't fail to meet deadlines.
Primary requirements pertain to inspecting, replacing and identifying location of valves, as well as rules for fire hydrants, infrastructure investment and cyber risk management. Adhering to infrastructure investment policies will require a carefully implemented asset management plan effective within 18 months (January 21, 2019).
Where do you start?
This type of planning, along with other requirements, takes real time and effort. If you haven't already begun your program to meet these compliance regulations, view the full list of requirements now to get up and running. Since the deadline for the cyber risk management portion of the new law is around the corner in February, start there after checking out this EPA Cybersecurity guide.
Remember, not meeting these deadlines can result in serious compliance violations, so don't procrastinate on preparing and executing these plans.