Five ways to celebrate Infrastructure Week

Infrastructure Week has finally arrived! We've been waiting for this all year. (No, really!)

Infrastructure Week, May 13 thru 20, is dedicated to understanding the importance of good infrastructure to our public health, quality of life, ability to cook our food, power our devices, get to work. Investment in infrastructure is an investment in our economic future.

Power companies are busy making investments in upgrading the electric grid to be ready for future growth, and developing new sources of energy to meet the challenges of climate change. Anyone who has been for a drive along New Jersey's roads, or a ride on NJ Transit, is well aware of the need for new investment in our transportation systems. New Jersey has established ways to pay for necessary energy and transportation improvements.

There is one more important category that is often forgotten when we talk about infrastructure — our water systems. Most of us take for granted when we turn on the tap we get safe, clean water, and when we flush the toilet our wastewater is carried safely to a treatment plant. Infrastructure Week is a good opportunity for us to remind ourselves this does not happen without investment. 

Here are five ways to learn more about the importance of your water systems:

Learn how your town can pay for better water infrastructure. See more

Tour the Asbury Park sewage treatment plant. See more

Ask the commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, Catherine McCabe, if your water is safe to drink. See more

Learn about green infrastructure. See more

Learn about the link between green infrastructure and environmental justice. See more

For more information, contact the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank at (609) 219-8600.

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