Harrison Township Water Authority customers will see their rates increase by 5% from Jan. 1, the authority said.
The authority said in a recent press release that it was increasing the cost of water due to inflation; increased costs of chemicals, health care, fuel and employee compensation; comply with the new regulations on drinking water; and improve and replace treatment equipment and water pipes.
In a notice to customers, the authority said the cost of processing chemicals has increased by 45%. No details were given on the drinking water regulations cited by the authority or how they affect costs.
The authority, which serves around 4,800 customers, noted that this was the first rate increase since 2016. A representative of the authority could not be reached on Wednesday.
The authority said about 25% of its customers receive a minimum bill. This cost will drop from $ 55.32 per quarter to $ 58.08, or an additional $ 2.76 per quarter, or 92 cents per month.
For a family using 15,000 gallons of water, the quarterly cost increase is $ 5.46, or $ 1.82 per month. The total amount of such an invoice, before and after the increase, has not been provided.
The authority said it had continued its efforts to improve the water supply system by replacing water pipes in various areas of the township. Updated telemetry and customer metering equipment has been installed so that the authority can more effectively monitor the system.
No information on projects planned for 2022 was provided.
To avoid raising rates, the authority said it had obtained federal and state grants and low-interest loans. Staffing levels were kept at or below what they were when the authority was established in 1987, and the authority said it had saved money by carrying out projects with its own staff instead of external subcontractors.