PISCATAWAY, NJ — Keeping Piscataway flowing was the answer to questions about the need to increase new sewer connection fees for the township.

A new ordinance, adopted at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled township council meeting increases the fee to $6,000 to connect a new sewer line to the township’s waste water system that flows to the county treatment plant in Sayreville.

“The charge only applies to new connections to be made to the sewer system and not existing connections,” said Mayor Brian Wahler. “It would not be charged to current homeowners who are already connected to the system.”

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“As new houses connect, it causes higher flow in the existing system which then causes the township to have to do capital improvements,” said an attorney for the township. “These funds would go into the capital improvements fund for future work on the sewer system.”

Currently, applicants pay $3,000 to connect new sewer lines to Piscataway’s waste water system.

“It’s going up because the costs to the MCUA for disposal are going up,” said Wahler.

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