If you’re a customer of United Water, there’s a rate hike in store for you. How much is up to the Board of Public Utilities and the Ratepayer Advocate. United Water has asked for 18 percent… "Clearly they’re trying to recover money that they’ve already been spent," said Daniel Van Abs, associate professor at Rutgers University… Money that’s been spent on repairs to existing infrastructure, according to the company. That’s because the pipes underground that carry water from treatment plants to our homes and businesses are decrepit. They’re more than 50 years-old in the suburbs, and more than 100 years-old in cities. They’re leaking, also. For every four gallons of clean water that flows through a faucet, one is lost underground through broken pipes. For United Water, it equals 10 billion gallons yearly. And that’s a problem across the state, no matter who your provider is… Van Abs says that United Water customers don’t have much of an alternative. "The amount of water that we actually drink is a very, very small percentage of the water we use, maybe only 3-4 percent, so even if everything you drank was bottled water, that you purchased at a much higher cost than tap water, it would make no change in your rated."
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