Welcome to Jersey WaterCheck’s evaluation center — the Benchmark Hub.

The Benchmark Hub helps utility managers and state leaders dive into the factors that contribute to the need for water infrastructure investment. Here you will find the details, measures, reports, results, and data that we’ve gathered for every water and wastewater system in the state.

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Annual residential cost/price of drinking water at 45,000 gallons of water consumption (system-level)

At an individual system level, this metric shows the estimated cost of drinking water services for a household using 45,000 gallons of water per year, based on the rate schedule for the most recent full calendar year. This metric is based on data collected for "A New Jersey Affordability Methodology and Assessment for Water and Sewer Utility Costs" (Van Abs, 2021). (See the Documents Library page for this report.)

To make tap water potable and deliver it reliably, your drinking water system’s rate structure needs to ensure there is enough revenue to meet all needs. These needs include pumping, treating, distributing, operating and maintaining the system to meet all state and federal regulations. Low rates are not necessarily better than high rates, since water systems need revenues to upgrade and maintain pipes and treatment plants to keep them running as efficiently and reliably as possible, to comply with government regulations, and to meet customers’ expectations. It's important to understand this when looking at individual system response and making any comparisons with other systems and/or personal utility bills. Information in this metric can help convey how the cost of tap water compares to that of bottled water, which is often more expensive and contributes to pollution. Your system should regularly update their rate schedule to reflect the true cost of providing your service.

Note: The reported value is an estimation, based on an annual fixed volume. Thus, a specific household’s utility bill may be different, as their usage may differ and their bill can include other fees that have not been factored into the research and analysis.

Data Source: Research

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