Led by the Value of Water Campaign, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events and spearhead projects aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water infrastructure.
After decades of underfunding, drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure is aging and in need of investment. Drought, flooding and population changes are stressing them. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk. In just eight days, a national water service stoppage would put nearly two million jobs in jeopardy.
While many of these challenges are regional-specific and will require locally-driven solutions, reinvestment in water must be a national priority. Citizens going to the polls this fall to vote in the midterm elections should consider casting their votes for those who would make water a priority so no American has to live or imagine a day without water again.
The VTMUA is proud to join the Imagine a Day Without Water program to draw attention to the vital investments needed in these infrastructure systems.
Upcoming Service Academy Night
Posted: September 18, 2018
Are you a high school student interested in applying to a military service academy?
Rep. Josh Gottheimer‘s office will be hosting a service academy information night for students, teachers and parents to help educate them on the academy nomination process on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The event will take place at the Newton High School, 44 Ryerson Avenue in Newton from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Representatives from all five of the academies—U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy—will be there as well as representatives from Senator Menendez’s and Senator Booker’s staff who handle academy nominations.
According to the DEP, radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is a decay product of uranium. It is found in soil all over the world, but New Jersey has particularly high levels of radon due to its uranium rich natural environment. Radon gas can accumulate in enclosed places, such as homes or other buildings. However, its presence can only be detected by testing specifically for radon because the gas is invisible and has no odor.
All homeowners are encouraged to test their homes for radon because long term exposure to the gas has been linked to lung cancer.
To pick up your free kit while supplies last, please visit the Sussex County Division of Health at 201 Wheatsworth Road in Hamburg, NJ. Have question or need more information? Contact Anita DeMatteo at 973.579.0370.
Direct Bus Service from Vernon to NYC
Posted: September 11, 2018
Coach USA bus lines will begin a direct service from Vernon to NYC, Monday through Friday starting Monday, September 17, 2018. The service will be on a trial basis for 60 days. People looking to use this service can park in the Vernon Valley Plaza at 530 Route 515, at the opposite end from the ACME Supermarket.
There will be one bus able to carry 50 passengers that will leave from the shopping center at 6:45 a.m. and return in the evening at 6:55 p.m. Scheduled stops and pickups in Manhattan will be as follows:
42nd Street & 7th Avenue—8:10 a.m. return pick up at 5:30 p.m.
42nd Street & 5th Avenue—8:15 a.m. return pick up at 5:25 p.m.
42nd Street & 3rd Avenue—8:20 a.m. return pick up at 5:20 p.m.
42nd Street & 1st Avenue—8:25 a.m. return pick up at 5:15 p.m.
For more information, contact the recreation department at 973.764.4055, ext. 2261.
Electronic Waste Recycling Day
Posted: September 4, 2018
The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) will be conducting an electronic waste recycling event on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its facilities located at 34 South Route 94 in Lafayette. This program is available to Sussex County residents, businesses, school districts and municipalities.
According to the SCMUA, it holds this type of disposal event to keep hazardous materials and heavy metals such as lead, mercury, nickel and cadmium—commonly found in household electronics—from polluting our environment.
Examples of acceptable e-waste items:
computer peripherals such as keyboards and mice
DVD & CD players
Residents may bring up to five electronic items for disposal free of charge per vehicle. For larger quantities, please consult the SCMUA website or contact them at 973.579.6998.