Speaking to a crowd of about 110 people at Jersey Water Works’ annual membership meeting on Thursday, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex), who chairs the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, spoke about New Jersey’s mounting obligation to update the state’s water infrastructure and to provide all New Jersey residents with clean drinking water.

“The importance of ensuring the health of our water supply cannot be overstated,” said Pinkin. “The progress being made in New Jersey to ensure the sustainability of our water is promising and we will continue to work to make our water cleaner every day.”

Jersey Water Works is a collaborative effort by a wide variety of organizations and individuals who share the common goal of transforming and updating New Jersey’s water infrastructure by investing in sustainable and economically feasible solutions to provide communities with clean water.

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“Clean water is a basic necessity that should be provided for all New Jersey residents, regardless of one’s zip code. By investing in cleaning up our water, we are investing in the health and prosperity of New Jersey.”

Assemblywoman Pinkin firmly believes that without a healthy environment, a sustainable, healthy economy is drastically more difficult to preserve.

“New Jersey can only maintain a viable economy with a sound environment if we ensure that our water supply, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure are effectively maintained in a manner that produces the lowest life cycle cost.”

Over the past several months, the New Jersey legislature has advanced a number of bills aiming to improve the health of our water to ensure that New Jerseyans have access to safe water. As the chair of the Environment and Solid Waste Committee, Assemblywoman Pinkin oversaw the advancement of many of these bills.

“Since there can be no life without a water supply to sustain it, water must be considered a human right. Without clean water, human life is not possible.”

Assemblywoman Pinkin has long been an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and has remained dedicated to cleaning up New Jersey’s water.