Water Utility Bills May Increase in New Jersey Next Month

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Residents in New Jersey may start seeing their water utility bills go up beginning next month.

New Jersey American Water Company says it will be increasing its customer rates by 12 percent next month, which amounts to about a $6 increase each month for water bills and about a $4 increase for wastewater bills.

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The company says the increase will help pay for an $868 million system overhaul.

The increase must still be reviewed by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, but if the panel approves a lower rate, the water company says it will refund the excessive rates with interest.

The rate hike follows a 6-percent drop in bills in last month which, New Jersey American Water attributed to the federal tax overhaul.

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