A few months ago, NJ Spotlight introduced an interactive feature that lets you, our readers, submit questions on a given topic. First up was water: What did you want to know about one of the state’s most precious resources? We’ve selected three of the dozens of questions submitted and answer them below.
Question: What percentage of New Jersey water purveyors are private profit-making companies? What percent are public? How do water rates and quality compare?
Answer: New Jersey has a complicated system of delivering water to the public. The state defines a Public Water System (PWS) as “a system that provides water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyances, if such a system has at least 15 service connections, or regularly serves at least 25 customers at least 60 days out of a year.’’