Middlesex Water requests rate hikes
Middlesex Water has filed a petition to increase water rates for its 61,000 customers with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
The request is being made because the utility is seeking to recoup up to $92 million that it pumped into drinking water infrastructure improvements it has made since 2015, the year of the last water rate hike.
The improvements that were made:
- Complete rehabilitation of the water distribution system in targeted areas including replacement of 32,000 feet of pipe, valve upgrades, targeted service line replacements and meters requiring replacement through the RENEW Program.
- Replacement of 35 outdated fire hydrants and laterals in its 55-square mile service area.
- Installation of 2,450 meter enclosures for meters planned to be relocated outside the home for added customer convenience.
- Installation of a 12-inch diameter pipeline across the NJ Turnpike required for critical access and enhanced fire flows.
- Booster station upgrades to facilitate emergency interconnections with other water providers.
- Addition of permanent back-up electrical power generation for greater resiliency in emergencies.
- Upgrades to its Mobile Workforce Management system for added efficiencies managing field dispatch and work orders.
- A Distribution System Pipeline Asset Assessment Program to identify and prioritize pipeline replacements.
“We remain committed to investing in our utility infrastructure. The service we provide is essential to public health, fire protection, quality of life and economic growth in the communities we serve,” Dennis Doll, Middlesex Water CEO, said in a press release.
“Maintaining critical infrastructure has been the highest of priorities at Middlesex throughout our history and has become a major challenge facing water utilities across the nation. In addition to enhancing the integrity of our service, these upgrades are contributing to the overall sustainability and economic vitality of the municipalities we serve.”