Got it? Good.
Good and fair question. The answer lies in the fact that even though it operates on its own budget, the Trenton Water Works currently resides organizationally within the city Department of Public Works. Civil service laws require that if a layoff impacts a department it must impact every division within that department. You can’t lay off people from solid waste but leave the water works employees alone.
“The NJDEP has identified the lack of qualified personnel as a key problem adversely affecting TWW’s ability to effectively operate its water system.”
A thinking person might reconsider the wisdom of laying off technicians in a utility already short handed. Alas, our mayor does not think. Or does he.