“Since our last rate case, we have invested or will invest more than
Some of the company’s critical infrastructure projects across its service areas included in the rate request are as follows:
Production and Water Quality Labimprovements at the Oak Glen Water Treatment Facility, serving the company’s Monmouthand Ocean Countyservice areas.
Improvements to the emergency power system, pumping station, filter system and other infrastructure at the Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Facility, serving more than 1 million people in the company’s Central operating region including
Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdonand Unioncounties.
Construction of a new clearwell and water booster project at the Swimming River Water Treatment Plant, serving the company’s
Monmouthand Ocean Countyservice area.
- System improvements to five of the company’s seven surface water treatment plants – Oak Glen, Swimming River, Delaware River, Canoe Brook and Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Plants – serving most of the company’s customers.
Replacement of several aging, critical, large-diameter transmission mains in the company’s Central and Coastal regions, including 36-inch transmission mains in Silver and from
Howellto Lakewood, and a 60-inch transmission main in South Plainfield.
- Design and installation of improved groundwater treatment for PFAs to ensure compliance with set and proposed DEP regulations.
- Implementation of additional leak detection technology in the company’s Central and North operating regions.
- Replacement or upgrades to dozens of wells, pumping stations and other critical facilities serving customers in service areas throughout the state.
Sewer system upgrades throughout the company’s statewide service areas including sewer mains, lift stations and other infrastructure in
Ocean City, Lakewoodand Haddonfield.
In addition to these major projects, New Jersey American Water’s investment into replacing or rehabilitating more than 95 miles, or more than 510,000 feet, of aging water mains is also included in this rate request. The company renews aging water mains on a 90- to 100-year cycle, which achieves the level of investment recommended by the state of New Jersey’s Water Quality Accountability Act. As reflected in the company’s certification submissions in
As the largest water utility in the state and a leader in the industry, New Jersey American Water is also seeking the recovery of replacement of lead service lines for customers as part of its main replacement program.
Norton added that New Jersey American Water’s rates are based on the actual cost of providing water and wastewater service. “To help mitigate rate increases for customers, we work very hard to control our costs and operate as efficiently as possible,” she said.
If the company’s proposed rates are approved as requested, the monthly water bill for the average residential customer using 5,400 gallons per month, would increase from the current charge of
The company’s rate request undergoes extensive public scrutiny by the BPU, the
New Jersey American Water is seeking a total annual revenue increase of approximately
About New Jersey American Water
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About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter,
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