New Jersey - 2012 State Policy Information New Jersey Flag 

Below are results for New Jersey from the 2011/2012 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard survey.

Use the links below to jump to a specific question:

Q1. State Agencies Q8. Water Loss Q15. Implementation Requirements
Q2. Toilet Regulations   Q9. Permitting    Q16. State Funding for Conservation
Q3. Showerhead Regulations Q10. Drought Plans Q17. Technical Assistance
Q4. Urinal Regulations Q11. Conservation Plans Q18. Volumetric Billing  
Q5. Clothes Washer Regulations Q12. Authority to Approve Plans Q19. Metered Connections 
Q6. PRSV Regulations Q13. Plan Update Frequency Q20. ET Microclimate Information  
Q7. Building or Plumbing Codes Q14. Planning Framework Additional Information

 

 

 

 

 

 


  1. What state agency or agencies are in charge of drinking water conservation/efficiency?

    Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

    Department of Community Affairs

  2. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for toilets that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No

  3. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for showerheads that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No
     
  4. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for urinals that is more stringent than the federal standard?

    No
      
  5. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for clothes washers that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No

  6. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for pre-rinse spray valves that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No

  7. Does the state have mandatory building or plumbing codes requiring water efficient products that exceed the federal standard? 

    No
     
  8. Does the state have any regulations or policies for water utilities regarding water loss in the utility distribution system?  

    Yes.

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-6.4:

    “(b) For each purveyor size class, the Department shall determine the percentage of purveyors having the highest proportion of unaccounted-for water, and these purveyors will be determined by the Department to be provisionally delinquent.  This determination may not include more than 35 percent of the total number of purveyors each year... (c) Purveyors found provisionally delinquent will be allowed one year in which to take appropriate corrective action… an annual review of each provisionally delinquent purveyor will be conducted by the Department. 1. If the review establishes that the percentage of unaccounted-for water has been reduced to the median percentage for purveyors of that class, the provisionally delinquent status of the purveyor will be terminated. 2. If the provisionally delinquent status is reaffirmed and unless the purveyor submits a schedule for corrective action which is approved by the Department, an order will be issued by the Department, requiring the elimination of all undue losses in the system in accordance with a specified compliance schedule.”

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-6.5(a):

    “all public community water systems shall: 1. Proceed expeditiously to correct leakage in the total distribution system, as detected through a systematic program to monitor leakage.”

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-6.4 and § 19-6.5 Text 


  9. Does the state require conservation activities as part of its water permitting process or water right permit?

    Yes.

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-2.2(i):

    “The applicant shall submit a Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan on forms provided by the Department, unless the diversion for which the applicant seeks a permit will be used for one of the following activities: 1. Ground water remediation; 2. Sand and gravel mining; or 3. Water which is returned to its source without a substantial diminution in quantity.”

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-2.14(a):

    “Each permit shall contain specific and general conditions including, but not limited to, the following… 10. That the permittee adopt and implement, to the satisfaction of the Department, a Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan.  A Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan status report on all measures that have been implemented shall be submitted by the date specified in the permit.  Any permittee not required to submit such a plan pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:19-2.2(i) is exempt from this requirement;” 

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-2.2 and § 19-2.14 Text
      
     
  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    Yes, as part of the permitting process.  See question 9.

  11. Does the state have a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation/efficiency separate from drought emergency plans?   

    Yes, as part of the permitting process.  See question 9.

  12. Does the state have the authority to approve or reject the conservation plans? 

    Yes, as part of the permit review process, the Department has authority to review or deny the permit.
     
  13. How often does the state require the water utilities to submit a potable water conservation plan (not part of a drought emergency plan)? 

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE § 7:19-2.14(a)(1):

    "The maximum term of a permit shall not exceed 10 years."

    N.J.A.C. § 7:19-2.2(f)(5):

    "If permit application is made for a period longer than that listed in N.J.A.C. 7:19-2.14(a)1, [applicant must provide] reasons why a permit of such duration is required by economic considerations, including, for example, necessity of amortizing a new investment over an extended period of time, and the public interest."

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-2.2 and § 19-2.14 Text

  14. If the state has a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation separate from drought emergency plans, is there a framework or prescribed methodology?

    Yes, but it lacks specific detail in regard to conservation and efficiency programs. 

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE § 7:19-6.5(a)(3):

    "The Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan shall include: i. A description of water conservation components; ii. Interim, voluntary water use restrictions for implementation during corresponding stages of drought warning, drought emergency, precipitation deficits or reservoir storage deficits; iii. Voluntary transfers of water via interconnections between water supply systems for use when prescribed reservoir storage level thresholds are reached; iv. Other measures designed to reduce demand, consumption or water usage or loss, or which otherwise have the effect of maximizing water supplies during periods in which precipitation is lower than average and/or water supply storage is less than normal; and v. For purveyors with water supply reservoirs, rule curves for reservoirs that can be used to establish storage level thresholds."

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-6.4 and § 19-6.5 Text
     
     
  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    Yes, in that the conservation plan is enforceable as a condition to the permit. 

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE § 7:19-2.14(a):

    "Each permit shall contain specific and general conditions including, but not limited to, the following: . . . . 10. That the permittee adopt and implement, to the satisfaction of the Department, a Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan.  A Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan status report on all measures that have been implemented shall be submitted by the date specified in the permit."  Additionally,

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE § 7:19-6.5(1):

    "Unless more stringent water conservation measures are required by the Department, all public community water systems shall: . . . 2. Adopt and implement, to the satisfaction of the Department, an on-going program to encourage water conservation for all types of use within the area served by the system."No

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-2.2 and § 19-2.14 Text

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-6.4 and § 19-6.5 Text

  16. Does the state offer financial assistance to utilities, cities, or counties for urban water conservation programs such as a revolving loan fund? Grants?  Bonds?  Appropriations?

    There are water efficiency requirements built into the Green Building Requirements of the Neighborhood Preservation Balanced Housing Program

    New Jersey Administrative Code 5:43-5.4 Appendix M Balanced Housing Green Building Requirements
     
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 

    No
     
  18. Does the state require volumetric billing?

    Yes.

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-6.5(a):

    “Unless more stringent water conservation measures are required by the Department, all public community water systems shall… 4. File water rate structures which provide incentives for water conservation with the Department and the Board of Public Utilities, as appropriate; and 5. Require installation of water meters for all service connections.  This shall not apply to fire emergency uses.  Water systems with fewer than 500 service connections or systems where it is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Department that metering is not practical may be exempted from metering if it is shown that the annual average daily water use by the system does not exceed 75 gallons per person per day.” 

    N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, § 19-6.4 and § 19-6.5 Text
     
     
  19. What percentage or number of publicly supplied water connections (residential and nonresidential) are metered in your state?
     
  20. Does the state provide statewide ET microclimate information for urban landscapes?  

    No

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