New Jersey American Water company hiking rates by 12 percent

Posted: Updated:
TRENTON -

(AP) - New Jersey's largest water company will increase its customer rates by 12 percent starting next month.

New Jersey American Water says the rate increases amount to about $6 more each month for water bills and about $4 for wastewater bills. It says the increase will help pay for an $868 million system overhaul.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities must still review the rate increases. If that panel approves a lower rate, New Jersey American Water says it will refund the excessive rates, with interest.

The rate hike follows a 6 percent drop in bills in April. New Jersey American Water attributed those drops to the federal tax overhaul.

New Jersey American Water serves more than 670,000 customers overall.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 2018 Prudential Center Concert Lineup

    2018 Prudential Center Concert Lineup

    Fall Out Boy will be performing at the Prudential Center.Fall Out Boy will be performing at the Prudential Center.

    A variety of artists will be performing at the Prudential Center in Newark for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

    A variety of artists will be performing at the Prudential Center in Newark for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

  • Musical acts at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City

    Musical acts at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City

    Florida Georgia Line is set to rock Atlantic City on July 13.Florida Georgia Line is set to rock Atlantic City on July 13.

    The Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City opened its doors on June 28 at the site of the old Trump Taj Mahal.  Throughout the summer and early fall, the Hard Rock will live up to its name with a lineup of some of music's biggest stars. 

    The Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City opened its doors on June 28 at the site of the old Trump Taj Mahal.  Throughout the summer and early fall, the Hard Rock will live up to its name with a lineup of some of music's biggest stars. 

  • Guide: National park sites in the tristate area

    Guide: National park sites in the tristate area

    Statue of LibertyStatue of Liberty

    A guide to the national park sites and trails on Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson Valley.

    A guide to the national park sites and trails on Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson Valley.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."