Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority
About the JCMUA
The Jersey City
Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA) operates both the sewerage and water
systems of Jersey City. We do our best to be sure that all wastewater and
storm water flow to the treatment plant and that fresh water reaches your
home. A Board of Commissioners consisting of five regular appointments and
two alternates governs the JCMUA. The Mayor of Jersey City with the consent
of the City Council appoints the Commissioners.
The History of the JCMUA
Begun as the
Jersey City Sewerage Authority in 1949, the JCSA built two sewage treatment
plants to meet early requirements for treating wastewater prior to
discharging into the rivers. These plants were built on Route 440, where the
current JCMUA offices are located, and at the foot of Communipaw Avenue,
where the current pumping station is located adjacent to the Liberty Science
Center. These treatment plants faithfully served the residents of Jersey
City until 1990, when more stringent rules required the treatment system to
be upgraded. Under a $21 million grant from the USEPA, the JCSA converted
its two treatment plants to pumping stations and began pumping wastewater
under the Newark Bay to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners in Newark.
The JCSA became
the JCMUA in 1998, when the Authority took over the responsibility of the
Jersey City Water system. Previously, a department within the City had
operated the water system. The JCMUA has contracted the operations of the
water system to United Water of Jersey City. United Water is well known for
its ability to provide quality service at greater efficiency to its
customers. See United Water link for more information on the water system.
Mission Statement of the JCMUA
City Municipal Utilities Authority pledges to operate and maintain its
sewerage and water facilities in a fashion that will protect the public
health and environment of all its constituents. It will always strive to
accomplish this goal in the most competent, economical and compassionate
- The JCMUA owns more than
230 miles of sewers and 5,000 catch basins. Twenty-one combined sewer
overflow points throughout the City keep raw wastewater from
discharging into the rivers.
- The JCMUA pumps nearly
50 million gallons of wastewater per day to the Passaic Valley
Sewerage Commissioners' wastewater treatment plant in Newark through a
72-inch pipe under the Newark Bay.
- Jersey City drinking
water, some of the best drinking water in the state, flows from the
Boonton Reservoir in Boonton, NJ through 26 miles of pipe. There are
240 miles of water pipes throughout Jersey City.
- The JCMUA performs
inspections of its sewers for structural integrity through use of
closed circuit television cameras which are transported through the
- The JCMUA "Voice of
Cleanliness" is operated by Aaron Johnson (below, right). He drives
about the City trailing the various JCMUA repair trucks and
identifying sewer-related problems. Aaron is happy to speak with
residents about these issues and receives input, complaints, and
comments from residents.
- The JCMUA utilizes radio
detection equipment to identify previously unidentified pipes.
- The JCMUA "breakout
crews" repair manholes, catch basins, and sewer pipes, which range in
size from eight to thirty-six inches in diameter.
- Work crews clean sewer
pipes, catch basin and manholes, in addition to checking resident
house connections, as needed.
- Despite Jersey City's
street-cleaning program, the JCMUA annually collects approximately
62,500 cubic feet of trash and grit at its treatment plants.
Additionally, more than 72,000 cubic feet of material is removed from
the City's catch basins through scheduled maintenance.