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NOTICE OF PUBLIC RATE HEARING August 4, 2015

NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:14B-23, the Hackettstown Municipal Utilities Authority will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the HMUA Jacob Garabed Administration Building, 424 Hurley Drive, Hackettstown, NJ, at 7:30 PM, to consider the adoption of Water and Sewer Charges.

Proposed WATER SERVICE CHARGES

Class of User

Quarterly Base Charge

Gallons Used

Cost per 1,000 Gallons Over Minimum

Residential Single Family

$21.00

Use above 0

$1.60

Use above 10,000

$2.30

Diamond Hill – Single Family

$54.45
 (includes $33.45 Differential Rate)

Use above 30,000

$3.30

Use above 60,000

$4.30

Use above 90,000

$5.30

Low Income Senior/Disabled Single Family

$15.75

Use above 0

$1.20

Use above 10,000

$2.30

Diamond Hill –
Low Income Senior/Disabled Single Family

$49.20
 (includes $33.45 Differential Rate)

Use above 30,000

$3.30

Use above 60,000

$4.30

Use above 90,000

$5.30

All Other – 5/8” Meter

$21.00

For All Water Use

$2.30

All Other – 1” Meter

$42.00

All Other – 1-1/2” Meter

$84.00

All Other – 2” Meter

$126.00

All Other – 3” Meter

$168.00

All Other – 4” Meter

$252.00

All Other – 6” Meter

$420.00

Lawn Sprinkling / Irrigation

Same as “All Other”

Use above 0

$3.30

Use above 30,000

$4.30

Use above 60,000

$5.30

 

Proposed SEWER SERVICE CHARGES

Class of User

Quarterly Base Charge

Gallons Used

Cost per 1,000 Gallons Over Minimum

Residential Single Family

$60.00

N/A

N/A

Diamond Hill Residential Single Family

$124.89
 (includes $64.89 Differential Rate)

N/A

N/A

Low Income Senior/Disabled Single Family

$45.00

N/A

N/A

Diamond Hill –
Low Income Senior/Disabled Single Family

$109.89
 (includes $64.89 Differential Rate)

N/A

N/A

Residential Two Family

$120.00

N/A

N/A

Industrial

$125.00

Use above 10,000

$3.95

All Other Customers

$60.00

Use above 10,000

$3.72

 

Water Charges for an average Residential Single Family customer using 20,000 gallons per Quarter are proposed to increase from $47.90 to $60.00, an increase of $12.10 per Quarter.  Sewer Charges are proposed to increase from $56.00 to $60.00, an increase of $4.00 per Quarter.  Fire Service Charges and Miscellaneous Fees and Charges remain unchanged.  The HMUA has not adopted a Water and Sewer Rate Increase since 2006.

The Proposed Rate Schedule is available for inspection at the HMUA Jacob Garabed Administration Building or can be viewed at www.hmua.com.

All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and to offer comment and pose questions to the person(s) offering evidence in support of the proposed actions.

FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING April 27, 2015

HMUA personnel will begin the annual flushing of fire hydrants on Sunday, May 10th at approximately 10 P.M.   A Hydrant Flushing Schedule is provided for your information and provides specific details about when we will be flushing in your area.  For additional information about why we flush fire hydrants click here

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER October 29, 2014

TESTS SHOW COLIFORM BACTERIA IN HACKETTSTOWN MUA'S WATER

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard.  Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water comtaminants.  We tood 25 samples for coliform bacteria during September.  Two of those samples showed the presence of coliform bacteria.  The standard is that no more than (1 sample per month / 5 percent of our samples) may do so.

What should I do?

  • You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions.  However, if you have specific health concerns, you may want to consult your doctor.
  • If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.  General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

What does this mean?

This is not an emergency.  If it had been you would have been notified within 24 hours.  Total Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful them selves.  *Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful bacteria may be present.  Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.*

Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the treatment or distribution system (pipes).  Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present.  We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing.  If we had, we would have notified you immediately.  All repeat samples taken were negative.

What is being done?

We have done follow up samples of the original locations as well as surrounding addresses, these samples were all negative.  We have taken raw water samples of all our wells, those all were negative as well.  We monitor our chlorine residual on a daily schedule and we have maintained a level that would prevent coliform from forming in our system.

For more information, please contact Bud Volkert at 908-852-3622 or bvolkert@hmua.com.

*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, expecially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.*

This notice is being sent to you by Hackettstown MUA.  PWSID NJ2108001.

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