Mahwah Water Rates to Remain Steady in 2013
After a phased-in rate hike that prompted citizen complaints, township officials say there is no need to raise rates this year
Mahwah water rates are set to remain the same in 2013, township officials said during a budget presentation Wednesday night.
“A few years ago, we adjusted the rates over a two-and-a-half year period,” Business Administrator Brian Campion said. “It is a tiered system based on per gallon water usage, and…it’s a healthy operation. There is no need to increase rates at this time."
The township website describes the 2012 payment rates, which will remain the same in 2013:
The water charge is based on actual usage with $26.90 the minimum charge for 1,000 cubic feet. The usage charge over the 1,000 cubic feet minimum is $3.39 per hundred cubic feet. The usage charge over 35,000 cubic feet is $4.06 per hundred cubic feet.
Summer surcharge May 1st through September 30th. Water meters are read by a radio activated Badger Data Pack System. The Sewer charge is based on actual winter months, which are the third week week of December and the third week of March. The minimum charge is $88.00 for 1,000 cubic feet thereafter $4.73 per hundred cubic feet. Private well use: sewer charge is $182.60. The third quarterly billing period is the start of the new sewer charge for the next four periods.
There is a 15% discount on the minimum water charge for senior citizens and disabled persons.
The phased-in water rake hike instituted in 2009, which was the first one the township saw in over 10 years, created some controversy in the community, NorthJersey.com reported at the time. Some residents called the hike ‘unfair,’ the report said.
Controlling water rates was one of the issues raised in the 2011 mayoral and council election.