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
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
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.
Statement of the JCMUA
"The Jersey 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
about the JCMUA
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 JCMUA utilizes
radio detection equipment to identify previously unidentified
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.