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Posted on: January 10, 2022


Ratepayer Relief Measures

SERVICE SHUTOFF MORATORIUM BE ADVISED Exec Order 229 currently prohibits a local government from shutting off water or electric service to a residential customer, or to accts primarily serving residential customers, due to nonpayment of water, sewer, or electric charges unless the disconnection is to prevent or ameliorate a risk to public health or safety.  This shutoff moratorium has been extended to 03/15/2022. 

LATE PAYMENT PENALTY AND LIEN ENFORCEMENT MORATORIUM Until 03/15/2022, there is a moratorium on local governments enforcing late payment charges and penalties on water or electric accounts, or referring a delinquent water or electric payment to tax sale.  On or after 03/15/2022, charges and penalties may be imposed for delinquent payments, and any payments remaining delinquent may be referred to a tax lien sale held by the municipal tax collector.  

BILL ASSISTANCE AND ARREARAGE FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs is currently developing a Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).  This program is designed to assist water and sewer customers facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Further information will be provided once the program goes live.

OPPORTUNITY TO REPAY ARREARAGES IN INSTALLMENTS BE ADVISED that residents experiencing economic hardship during COVID-19 and who are behind on their water and/or sewer payments may be eligible to enter into an agreement whereby the resident agrees to pay their arrearages in installments over a period of time.  As part of the agreement, the resident must keep up to date on all current charges.   For more information on repaying arrearages in installments, contact the Water & Sewer Dept.

For more information please go to our website at or contact the Water & Sewer Dept. at 973-331-3330.

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