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Big Fixes for Water Infrastructure Will Mean Bigger Bills for Customers

June 23rd, 2014 by

Water woes and next steps — including special programs for low-income ratepayers — were the subject of a recent NJ Spotlight conference

Rutgers Professor Dan Van Abs, author of a new report on the state of New Jersey's urban water infrastructure.

Rutgers Professor Dan Van Abs, author of a new report on the state of New Jersey’s urban water infrastructure, delivering the keynote at NJ Spotlight’s conference.

With New Jersey facing an estimated $40 billion in costs over the next two or three decades to fix its aging water infrastructure, the state may need to set up a program to help lower income residents pay their escalating water and sewer bills.

There is little question those costs will increase for ratepayers, most panelists agreed at an NJ Spotlight roundtable in Trenton on June 20.

“It’s going to be expensive,’’ said Christopher Riatt, senior director of contract operations at United Water. “There’s going to be a great deal of backlash.’’ “The crisis is coming,’’ warned Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. “I promise you that.’’

Read the full article at NJ Spotlight.

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