John Metro, Chairperson
Theresa Colbath, Vice Chairperson
John Budnik, Secretary
Timothy P. Lynch, Treasurer
Rafael Augusto, Commissioner
Washington Flores, Alternate
Michal Furmaniak, Alternate
Tim Boyle, Executive Director
Water line insurance coverage
Many of you have received a solicitation from a company called American Water Resources offering insurance coverage for water line protection. The solicitation may have come in an envelope or mailing designed to look like a United Water Bayonne water and sewer bill, but it is not a bill, it’s just marketing material.
The preliminary rate, $70.62 annually or $5.89 monthly, is quite likely to be adjusted upward depending on several factors, such as those listed below, making it difficult or impossible to know what the actual cost would be.
- The age of the water system infrastructure.
- The condition of the water system infrastructure.
- The underlying geology of the local in question.
Also, please understand that this price ($70.62 annually or $5.89 monthly) does not include your sewer line.
All property owners in Bayonne have both water and a sewer line. This insurance would leave your sewer line unprotected; although for an additional sum of money they will insure your sewer line as well.
It is a fact, however, that all home and property owners have a responsibility for maintenance and repair of their water and sewer lines. The pipe from your home or business to its connection at the water or sewer mainline, where your pipe connects to the city mainline, is called your water or sewer service lateral; and you buy it along with your roof and front door. Maintenance of these lines is the responsibility of the property owner, not the City and not United Water.
This type of repair may cost thousands of dollars to fix once a leak is identified. Also, once a leak is identified, it can frequently cause additional damage the longer the leak is left unrepaired. This accumulating or mounting damage may sometimes cause the City or United Water Bayonne to shut off service to a property, until such time as the repair can be made. This would be done to avoid sink holes or other damage on a larger scale.
Tim Boyle / Executive Director
Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority
630 Ave. C
Bayonne, NJ 07002
October 29, 2014
Water Meter Change Out and Capital Upgrades for Bayonne’s Water and Sewer Systems
Tim Boyle, Executive Director, Bayonne Municipal Utility Authority (BMUA), reminded residents that United Water is required to perform 2.5 million dollars’ worth of upgrades to Bayonne’s Water and Sewer Systems annually for the next several decades. This requirement is part of United Water’s contract with the Bayonne’s Municipal Utilities Authority. Tim Boyle said, “There’s a minimum of one hundred million dollars’ worth of water and sewer infrastructure upgrades scheduled over the course of the next several decades. Remember, The City of Bayonne still owns the water and sewer systems, and it’s Bayonne that benefits from these upgrades.”
Tim Boyle continued, “As part of the first steps of the system renewal, our water meters, which have not received any maintenance or upgrades over the last 20 years or longer, need to be replaced. It’s important that new meters be installed, so we can determine where the leaks are in our water system. Leaks cannot be repaired until they are detected.”
Several businesses and homeowners in town have already benefited from the new water meters, having been advised of a problem from United Water before they were even aware that a problem existed. Because United Water can now monitor the meters directly from their office, they notice meters running in the middle of the night when water usage is unlikely; they then advise the rate payer of the suspected problem. This approach will frequently avoid a much greater expense to the business owner, landlord, or family. Plus, the water company never has to visit your home again, which means no more scheduling for monthly meter reading.
The vast majority of this work is now complete. However, there are still about 900 meters that need upgrading. Customers who continue to fail to comply will begin to receive an estimated water bill, because the old system is no longer supported. Customers can call National Metering Services directly to schedule an appointment for the free upgrade at 1-888-448-0009. National Metering Services is the company hired by United Water to install the new meters. Any remaining questions may be directed to United Water at 1-888-434-0518.
Tim Boyle concluded, “We’re moving Bayonne in the right direction, towards a healthier and more stable water and sewer system for our City. Our citizens’ continued support is necessary to move the entire community forward. I urge anyone who still requires the upgrade to make an appointment so we, as a City, can complete this phase of the work. It is time to move our focus onto the next phase, which has already begun by flushing hydrants, making our fire hydrant system more healthy and reliable. While there are a number of leaking and out-of- service hydrants around town as a result of this work, United Water is fully aware of them, and they are being addressed in turn.”
The Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority is the City’s water and sewer company.
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