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  • NJ A4415
  • Requires water purveyors to conduct water loss audits.
Introduced
(12/15/2016)
In Committee
(2/13/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would amend and supplement the "Water Supply Management Act" to require the State's water purveyors (i.e., public and private water providers) who regularly serve at least 3,300 individuals to conduct annual water loss audits. All water systems experience some amount of water loss; it may be from leakage in old infrastructure or metering errors. Validated water losses are a key step towards achieving cost-effective reductions in water loss. "Water Loss," as defined in the bill, refers to the difference between the annual volume of water entering a water distribution system and the annual volume of metered and unmetered water taken by registered customers, the water purveyor, and others who are implicitly or explicitly authorized to do so pursuant to a permit, and includes the annual volume lost through breaks, leaks, and overflows on mains, service reservoirs, and service connections, up to the point of customer metering, in addition to unauthorized consumption, metering inaccuracies, and systemic data handling errors. A water loss audit helps to identify water loss control measures that can conserve water and save money. Specifically, beginning no later than 24 months after the bill is enacted into law, every water purveyor serving at least 3,300 individuals would be required to annually submit a water loss audit to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The bill directs the DEP, within 18 months after the bill is enacted into law, to adopt regulations concerning the conduct and validation of water loss audits based on the most current edition of the American Water Works Association's "Water Audits and Loss Control Programs, Manual M36" and its associated Free Water Audit Software. In addition, public water utilities regulated by the Board of Public Utilities would be required to provide the board with a completed and validated water loss audit. The bill also requires the DEP to adopt, no sooner than 36 months and no later than 48 months after the date of enactment of the bill into law, regulations: (1) specifying a minimum data validity score or a specific level of yearly improvement in the data validity score of future annual water loss audit reports; and (2) setting forth performance standards to be met by a water purveyor concerning the volume of water losses. The bill also requires the DEP to provide technical assistance to water purveyors concerning: (1) the American Water Works Association's "Water Audits and Loss Control Programs, Manual M36" methodology, data tracking, and use of the associated Free Water Audit Software; and (2) available water loss reduction programs, including, but not limited to, metering techniques including testing, repair, and replacement, pressure management techniques, condition-based assessment techniques for transmission and distribution pipelines, and active leak detection. Lastly, the bill updates the definition section and makes other technical amendments to the "Water Supply Management Act."
Environment and Solid Waste
Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee  (on 2/13/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/13/2017 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
2/13/2017 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Hearing (19:00 2/13/2017 AR-211 (McKeon) (pending intro & referral) Opposes nomination of)
12/15/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 2/13/2017 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 1