CAMDEN, NJ — New Jersey American Water announced today its acquisition of the wastewater assets of Mount Ephraim in Camden County for approximately $1.4 million.
The state's largest water utility is a subsidiary of American Water, which relocated its national headquarters to Camden in December 2018.
The municipal-owned Mount Ephraim sewer system serves about 1,800 borough customers, most of whom already receive water service from New Jersey American Water. The purchase was approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on June 21.
“As Mount Ephraim’s water company for more than a decade and a water provider to the area for over 90 years, we are pleased to expand our relationship with residents as their sewer service provider," said Cheryl Norton, president of New Jersey American Water. "Water and sewer is all we do, and we are deeply committed to making improvements to ensure the community’s sewer service is as clean, safe, reliable and affordable as the water service we provide."
The agreement to purchase the system followed a voter referendum that took place in November 2018. Approximately 80 percent of voters approved the sale of the sewer system to New Jersey American Water.
As part of the acquisition, New Jersey American Water will invest more than $4 million in needed sewer system improvements in the next four years. In addition, it will freeze current sewer rates for residents for two years and increasing rates by no more than 3 percent annually for three years after that.
Mount Ephraim Mayor Joseph Wolk said the $1.4 million purchase will be used to reduce the borough's municipal debt.
“The sale of our sewer system to New Jersey American Water is a big win for the residents of Mount Ephraim,” Wolk said. “By selling the system, we are eliminating uncontrollable sewer costs, which have been a major uncertainty in our budget. This is a great outcome for our residents.”
A new webpage, Mount Ephraim Sewer, has been created on the company’s website at
www.newjerseyamwater.com under customer service and billing. Employees who currently work on the sewer system are part of the borough’s Department of Public Works and will be reassigned within the department for other critical functions.