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West Orange Township Discusses Sewer Bill Increase


WEST ORANGE, NJ - Your 2013 sewer bill will be mailed out on or before April 1, 2013 and will be due on June 1, 2013. The sewer fee will reflect an increase of $65 per unit. This is the first increase in West Orange sewer fees since 2006 and is attributed to a rise in the Township’s service fees by the Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties over the last three years, as well as the cost of maintaining nine sewer pump stations, 110 miles of sewer infrastructure and sewer maintenance equipment. 

1)    What does my sewer fee pay for?

Your sewer fee includes but is not limited to:

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a)    Service fee to the Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties for disposal of household sewer waste.

b)    The replacement, repair and maintenance of nine sewer pump stations that carry household sewer waste to the Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties sewer waste processing facility.

c)    The replacement, repair and maintenance of 110 miles of sewer infrastructure that carries household sewer waste from your home to the Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties sewer waste processing facility.

d)    The replacement, repair and maintenance of 110 miles of Township roads that may be damaged due to any sewer related problems.

e)    The replacement, repair and maintenance of all equipment used to service any Township sewer-related problems.

f)     The cost for all employees assigned to the Department of Public Works sewer division.

2)    Is my sewer fee in West Orange a flat fee per household unit or is it based on unit usage like other Municipalities?

In West Orange all residents pay the same flat fee per unit.

a)    The fee in 2012 was $185 dollars per unit.

b)    The fee for 2013 will be a $65 dollar increase from 2012

c)    The fee for 2013 will be $ 250 dollars per unit.



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