New Jersey American Water Co. has filed for a 20 percent rate increase with the state Board of Public Utilities. The increase would affect more than 640,000 residential and commercial customers in New Jersey. If approved by the BPU, the increase would likely take effect in the first half next year.
New Jersey American sells public water in 18 of the state’s 21 counties, including Morris and Somerset.
For New Jersey American Water customers in Ocean and Monmouth, if approved, the new rate would average an increase of $7.67, from $49.69 to $57.36 a month based on a monthly usage of 6500 gallons.
A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 14, at the Westfield Memorial Library, 550 E. Broad St. Read more in Daily Record.
For the service they provide they should be run out of town!
20% on just the water usage or on the whole bill?
i use roughly that amount of water a month and my bill is over $100. please explain
Where are the Democrats NOW? Here is a chance for them to actually do something productive…..STOP this rate increase!!!!!!
#3: I use between 5 and 6 thousand gallons each month and my bill is also approximately $100.
I use about 10000 gallons and its less than $100. More like $60-$70. But I don’t pay sewer to them.
They mean just for the water part of the bill the sewer adds another $50
This is crazy they overcharge as is
Bc whoever wrote this article didn’t include that they charge $40 for sewer on top of the water so if you are using between 5 and 6 thousand gallons bewteen water and sewer your bill is around $100. Which is crazy by the way, no one not brooklyn,monsey, or other customers outside of NJAW pay anywhere near this amount, someone is making a lot of money of this, piping and naintenance is expensive but not to allow $100 for 6000 gallons
I guarntee that no one from Lakewood will show up to the above mentioned hearing. We will just complain on this site but none of us will actually do anything about it………….
Why should we go? We elect politicians to deal with this junk.
guys we really have to show up and give them H—
Showing up will do no good the BPU and the Water Co. have already decided how much the increase will be. this is an old tactic, to ask for much more than they want so that the BPU will look good denying the large increase. This economy cannot stand an increase at this time. Make the Water tighten up their belts, no pay raises, no bonuses for the bosses. STOP THIS MADNESS!!!!!
This is almost double the price than Monsey, NY & elsewhere…
give them the rate hike on condition we get to choose another water company.
its the surcharge which half of lakewood doesnt pay as they get water from another company
Now if only people would get this upset about the homeless situation- there wouldn’t be a tent city..
I don’t get why they need a 20% rate increase at NJAWC when the Lakewood Municipal Utilities Authority charges only half the price or even less?! They are so much cheaper… yet NJAWC can’t make do wuith double the price? What gives?
throw them out of lakewood The township needs to bid the water company out and lock in a contract .
At this rate I believe it’s cheaper to shower with Pepsi! They deserve a decrease of 20% with the inferior service they provide!
You are so clueless as to how the system works!
hey maybe now they can fix all the water main covers that need fixing in the roadways!
To # 9. You are incorrect. I will attend this hearing, just as I have attended all of the past hearings. It is unbelievable that I do not see anyone else from Lakewood in attendance other that Senator Bob Singer and his legislative staff.
If residents are serious about stopping this proposed increase, let your voice be heard. Make it a point to attend the hearing on December 14, 2011 at the Howell Municipal Building at 2:00 PM.
I hope that the meeting room is filled to capacity with irate residents and rate payers. Come prepared to voice your opinion on the subject.
I would like to elect Bill Hobday to be Lakewood’s special ambassador to NJAW. Does anyone else second the motion?
I can’t even write the words how I feel about njaw ill get deleted
second the motion
the water company is getting away with it.. we all have to get together and stop this ripoff!!
The city of Felton Ca bought out American Water to bring their water under municipal control after a series of unconscionable rate hikes. American Water agreed to sell out sfter the city threatened to take the water system under eminent domain. There is no reason that Lakewood cannot do the same. It is unconscionable that water rates are going up by double digits at a time that inflation is near zero. Let us put pressure on our municipal leaders to take over the water system from NJ American Water, by eminent domain, if necessary so the highway robbery comes to a stop.
they charge to much already
Letters expressing your sentiment should be sent to the NJ governmental oversight board, as follows:
New Jersey Division of Water
44 South Clinton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08625
Attention: Ms. Maria Moran, Director
Fax: (609) 292-1649
Email: [email protected]
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