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Posted on: March 29, 2018

Water Rate Increase


Effective April 1, 2018 the rate charged for water will increase by 2% from $5.92 per 100 CF to $6.03 per 100 CF.

The rate increase reflects the basic cost of living increase of 2% and will help pay for the debt service associated with the many water system infrastructure projects in process to improve system reliability and ensure high quality water is delivered for years to come.

Because most residential customers are billed quarterly, most will see two amounts billed at two different rates on their bill. The first amount (water used before April 1) will be billed at the old rate of $5.92 and the second amount (water used after April 1) will be billed at $6.03.

In 2018 the South Orange Village Water Utility will begin work on redeveloping Well #17 to increase the capacity of water we can draw from it as well as implementing a Granular Activated Carbon filtration system (GAC). We will also begin the process of replacing the Crest Drive Standpipe reservoir to bring its operation in line with modern system operation practices for the next 30+ years. In 2019 we will begin a significant maintenance upgrade to the Newstead Water Sphere, which feeds the highest elevations of South Orange. As always, New Jersey American Water crews will be seen around town continuously maintaining the various pipelines, valves, hydrants, and pumps which keep the system running and provide reliable service.

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