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Montclair Township

Pollution: Water, Air, Soil, Noise, Light
For up-to-date information on conservation and pollution control in Montclair, New Jersey.

Money-Saving Water Conservation Tips PDF Print E-mail

water faucetMany people don't realize how much money they can save by taking simple steps to conserve water, and they don't know the cumulative effects such small changes can have on water resources and environmental quality, according to the U.S. EPA.

In suburbs like Montclair, water usage is often both indoors and outdoors. This winter newsletter offers you some tips for water conservation in your home; in the spring we will provide additional tips for lawns and gardens.

Montclair’s Solutions to Stormwater Pollution PDF Print E-mail

Easy Things We Can Do Every Day to Protect Our Water

In Montclair, everything that goes into the many storm drains along our curbs flows untreated into our local streams, such as Toney's Brook, Nishuane Brook, Yantecaw Brook and Pearl Brook. Our waterways then flow either into the Second River or Third River, tributaries of the Passaic River which empties into Newark Bay and onward to the Atlantic Ocean.
Pollution on streets, parking lots and our lawns is washed by rain into the storm drains. Pesticides, fertilizers, yard clippings and dog waste from our yards, plus oil, litter and detergents from our streets and driveways: you name it and it ends up in our water.

Water Conservation in Montclair PDF Print E-mail

Why does water cost as much as it does, both coming in and going out of our homes?

Montclair’s Environmental Affairs office reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and various associations representing this country’s drinking water and wastewater systems have recently estimated the coming costs of national investment in all of the pipes, treatment plants, storage facilities, and other water infrastructure that will be necessary to ensure a secure, sanitary, and safe supply of water into the future.

They have estimated that average annual investment costs over the period from now to 2020 will be around $30.0 billion to ensure a sustainable water supply and treatment system.

Local revenues provide the large majority of funding for water services, and one way to pay for increased costs of investment (and of operations and maintenance) is to increase local fees and rates. Currently, however, household water bills in the United States are actually lower than those in most other industrialized countries, relative to per capita income, according to the CBO.

In fact, Montclair residents’ water bills are reasonable compared to many other communities in other parts of the country. According to the EPA, a typical American family of four spends about $820 on water supply fees and sewer charges per year, and an additional $230 on heating the water. In many communities, water and sewer costs can be twice that amount or higher.