DEP Invites Public to
Hearing on Wastewater Recycling
We need to be better stewards of our water supplies,
Commissioner Campbell says
(03/51) TRENTON - The New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites anyone
interested in the issue of recycling wastewater to attend
a presentation and offer testimony at a public hearing next
week in Middlesex County.
The hearing begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday,
April 16, with a panel presentation on case studies of wastewater
being reclaimed for beneficial reuse. Scheduled speakers
include Edward Clerico of American Water, Keavin Nelson
of U.S. Filter Operating Services and Rocco Maiellano of
Evesham Municipal Utilities Authority.
Public testimony begins at 4 p.m. Written
comments will be accepted until May 2.
The importance of reclaiming wastewater
for beneficial reuse in New Jersey came to light during
the drought of 1999 and again during the drought of 2002,
when the state experienced firsthand the importance of protecting
and conserving our potable water supplies.
"The recurring droughts in New Jersey
are a clarion call to better stewardship of our waters,
both to protect the environment and to ensure economic growth,"
DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell said. "Recycling
presents an opportunity to extend our existing resources
to support future growth in our communities."
Water treated at sewage plants has traditionally
been discarded into streams, rivers and the ocean. The hearing
will address a growing public interest in providing a higher
level of wastewater treatment so it can be reused for purposes
ranging from irrigating golf courses to cooling and washing
Each year the Clean Water Council and the
Water Supply Advisory Council hold a public hearing to solicit
views on an important issue pertaining to state water quality.
This year, Campbell requested the hearing focus on wastewater
The hearing will take place at the Holiday
Inn - Monroe, 390 Forsgate Drive in Jamesburg, off New Jersey
Turnpike exit 8A. To register to speak, please call (732)
Under state law, the Clean Water Council
is responsible for making recommendations to the DEP commissioner
on matters pertaining to water-pollution control. The Water
Supply Advisory Council advises the commissioner on water