"Catch the basin beat...keep our sewers litter-free" campaign is
an educational program designed by the JCMUA to teach the general
public of the hazards of throwing litter into the City's catch basins.
A portion of the campaign is aimed at young people. Students learn
about Jersey City's sewerage system through the JCMUA mascot, "Snap,"
a life-sized alligator.
In addition to activities involving Snap, the JCMUA conducts regular
tours of its facilities, hosts community events and distributes
educational literature to children and adults. Additionally, the
JCMUA has participated in workshops for educators. For more information on
community activities please call (201) 432-1150.
the basin beat...keep our sewers litter-free" campaign has won three
WAVE awards from the New Jersey Association of Environmental Authorities
for outstanding multimedia educational programs. This campaign is
designed to teach the general public of the hazards and cost of
throwing litter into the City's catch basins.
aspect of "Catch the Basin Beat"
In addition to successful
programs involving SNAP the alligator, the JCMUA keeps itself in
the community-at-large, trying to educate Jersey City residents
of all ages. JCMUA Commissioners and staff have appeared on the
Comcast television show "Newsmakers" to discuss the need to keep
our sewers clean. Also, representatives from the JCMUA have visited
the Newport Mall and the Hudson Mall to distribute information about
the Authority and about the role of the JCMUA in the city's environmental
to "Catch the basin beat..."
Here are ways
you can keep litter and pollutants out of the sewers and out of
Don't change your car's
oil in the street
Carry your trash with
you until you find a proper receptacle to
throw it in
Check the labeling before
you pour liquids down the drain to see if they are safe for the
Contact friends and
neighbors to sponsor a local cleanup day
Do not pour cooking
oil down the kitchen sink or other household drains
our sewers litter-free!