he JCMUA's "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.

Education WAVE Awards

The "Catch 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.

Community 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 concerns.

How to "Catch the basin beat..."

Here are ways you can keep litter and pollutants out of the sewers and out of the environment:

  • 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 environment

  • Contact friends and neighbors to sponsor a local cleanup day

  • Do not pour cooking oil down the kitchen sink or other household drains

    ...keep our sewers litter-free!

     

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