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Emergency Response, Preparedness, and Resiliency

In the event of an emergency, please take the following precautions. 

Please ensure your auxiliary power generators and other related preparations (fuel) are sufficient and in good working order. Monitor all critical wastewater system components (including collection, pump stations, and sludge management) for signs of trouble or storm damage. In addition, consider flood protection measures such as sand-bagging at pump stations and treatment buildings that may be subject to flooding. Precautionary measures for wastewater and stormwater systems for before, during, and after a major weather event can be found here.

Entities that own and maintain Combined Sewer Outfalls are also advised to ensure that catch basins and solids and floatables control units are cleared.

Precautionary measures for significant indirect users (SIU) for before, during, and after a major weather event can be found here .  Please visit   our interactive sewage sludge management tool. This interactive map provides the user the ability to physically locate New Jersey’s sewage sludge management systems and then explore their capabilities, acceptance criteria and contact information.  

Depending on the severity of the event please be aware that the Department may contact you to review any impacts to your system.  Please be prepared to respond to the questions in the Facility Status Report Form for Wastewater Systems.  

Water Compliance & Enforcement Region Contacts During Business Hours:

Northern Field Office (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren Counties)
7 Ridgedale Avenue
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Phone: 973-656-4099 Fax: 973-656-4400

Central Field Office (Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union Counties)
Mail Code 44-03
401 East State Street
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Phone: 609-292-3010 Fax: 609-292-6450

Southern Field Office (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties)
2 Riverside Drive, Suite 201
Camden, NJ 08103
Phone: 856-614-3655 Fax: 856-614-3608
During Non-Business Hours Contact 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337)

Any non-compliance with permit limitations, anticipated or unanticipated bypass, or violation as outlined in N.J.A.C. 7:14A-6.10, must be reported to the DEP Hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337) within 2 hours of the event or knowledge of the event, or 24 hours depending on the nature of the violation (see N.J.A.C. 7:14A-6.10). The Department also urges any facility experiencing non-compliance or anticipating such non-compliance to contact downstream drinking water purveyors and their local department of health.


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