Your Water Rates
Water-service rates are based on the real costs of treating and delivering water to customers, and are regulated by state public utilities commissions (PUCs).
To determine rates, we work with PUC staffs to study costs of construction, maintenance, operation, administration and financing. Once the studies are complete, the company and PUC present any differing conclusions before an administrative law judge. Based on the judge’s opinion, the PUC sets the water rates.
Rates charged for service may vary based on a customer’s meter size. All customers pay the same rate for water usage. Customers are billed based on a regular meter reading, either monthly or quarterly for residential customers as well as for commercial and other public authority customers.
Rates can vary based on the cost of providing service in each of the communities we serve. Before it reaches your home or business, water is treated through an intricate treating and testing process to help ensure it meets or surpasses rigorous drinking water quality standards.
You can learn more about the rate setting process in our white paper: Challenges In The Water Industry: The Rate Approval Process.
State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
State of New Jersey Division of the Rate Counsel
New Jersey American Water Tariff
Below is a link to New Jersey American Water's water and wastewater tariff as approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU).
New Jersey Rates (effective 1/1/2019)
Environmental Disposal Corp. Tariff
Environmental Disposal Corp. (EDC), a subsidiary of New Jersey American Water, is a regulated public utility corporation providing wastewater service to more than 5,300 customer accounts in Bedminster and Bernards Townships in Somerset County, New Jersey. In addition, EDC also provides wastewater treatment service to the Boroughs of Far Hills, Peapack, Gladstone and portions of Bedminster, adjacent to EDC’s service territory, on the basis of long term contracts.
Below is a link to EDC’s
wastewater tariff as approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
New Jersey American Water Granted New Rates by New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) today approved a settlement between New Jersey American Water and the N.J. Division of Rate Counsel and BPU Staff for new water and wastewater rates for New Jersey American Water. The new rates represent a $40 million annual increase in water and wastewater revenues for New Jersey American Water.
The company’s rate request, which was filed September 15, 2017, was driven by more than $868 million in needed investment in treatment and distribution system upgrades statewide since the company’s last rate increase in 2015. Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and today’s order, most customers can expect to see a one-time credit on their bills beginning in November. Learn more... Revised tariff and more information to come.
For more information about your rates, contact our Customer Service Center at 1-800-272-1325, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Purchased Water Adjustment Clause (PWAC) and Purchased Wastewater Treatment Adjustment Clause (PSTAC)
On November 15, 2018, New Jersey American Water filed a request with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) for a change in its Purchased Water Adjustment Clause (PWAC) and Purchased Wastewater Treatment Adjustment Clause (PSTAC) charges. On January 25, 2019, New Jersey American Water filed an amended petition. The proposed change in rates is to cover the changing fees New Jersey American Water pays to other water and wastewater purveyors for purchased water and wastewater treatment.
The New Jersey Office of Administrative Law has scheduled a public hearing for the purpose of receiving comments from the public regarding the Petition. Please note, the date and time of the public hearing at which members of the public are invited to attend and express their views on the proposed rate increases is as follows:
Febraury 28, 2019, 5:30 PM
Howell Township Municipal Building
Main Meeting Room
4567 Route 9 North
Howell, NJ 07731
In the event of inclement weather, the public hearing will be rescheduled for the date, time and location as indicated in the Notice of Filing, below.
For more information:
Distribution System Improvement Charge
New Jersey American Water submitted a DSIC Foundational Filing to the NJ Board of Public Utilities on November 17, 2017. The DSIC mechanism is a proven regulatory tool that allows for modest surcharges outside of a general rate proceeding for approved and completed rehabilitation and replacement of aging infrastructure, while maintaining appropriate BPU oversight and review. As filed, the NJ American Water request would facilitate over $350 million in upgrades to the company’s water distribution system.
For more information:
Note about our service areas
- Service Area 1: New Jersey American Water customers not listed below.
- Service Area 2: In December 2006, the Elizabethtown Water Company merged with New Jersey American Water. The territory served by this former company has been renamed and is referenced in the tariff as Service Area 2.
- Service Area 3: In December 2006, the Mount Holly Water Company merged with New Jersey American Water. This also includes Jensens Deep Run which was acquired in 2011. These territories have been renamed and are referenced in the tariff as Service Area 3.
- Service Area 1A: In November 2007, New Jersey American Water acquired South Jersey Water Supply Company. The territory served by this former company has been renamed and is referenced in the tariff as Service Area 1A.
- Service Area 1B: In November 2007, New Jersey American Water acquired Pennsgrove Water Supply Company. The territory served by this former company has been renamed and is referenced in the tariff as Service Area 1B.
- Service Area 1C: In April 2017, New Jersey American Water acquired Shorelands Water Company. The territory served by this former company has been renamed and is referenced in the tariff as Service Area 1C.
- Service Area 1D: In September 2010, Applied Wastewater Management (AWWM) was merged into New Jersey American Water. The territory formerly served by AWWM has been renamed and is referenced in the tariff as Service Area 1D.
- Service Area 1E: On May 21, 2015, New Jersey American Water acquired the water and wastewater assets of Haddonfield Borough. The territory served by this former company has been renamed and is referenced in the tariff as Service Area 1E.
Sometimes customers face circumstances that stretch their financial resources. New Jersey American Water is here to assist. Our customer service representatives will work with you on a plan to pay the balance of the bill over time. You may also be qualified to receive assistance through our Low Income Payment Program/H2O Help to Others Program.
NJ Board of Public Utilities Annual Reports