This article was written by Daniel J. Van Abs, Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society and Environment at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences… New Jersey has many hundreds of water-supply and wastewater utilities, ranging from small systems that serve a single development to regional systems serving a million people or more. Some of these systems have treatment plants, while others only operate distribution or collection systems that are linked to regional water-supply or wastewater treatment facilities… All of these utilities shares at least two problems. First, their physical assets — the treatment plants, pumps, pipelines, and such — need to be protected and maintained. Second, their customers want low rates. When was the last time we heard the public clamor for increased rates so their infrastructure would be maintained. It isn’t happening for the gasoline tax, and there is zero public interest in higher water and sewer rates.
/ / / Opinion: Require Water Utilities to Spend More Now So They Will Cost Less Later