IMPORTANT MESSAGE: COVID-19 RATEPAYER RELIEF MEASURES
Certain measures are in place providing relief to ratepayers experiencing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information please contact the Collector at 609-537-0245 or by email.
SERVICE SHUT-OFF MORATORIUM
BE ADVISED that Executive Order 229 currently prohibits a local government from shutting off water or sewer service to a residential customer or to accounts primarily serving residential customers, due to nonpayment of water charges unless the connection is to prevent or ameliorate a risk to public health or safety. This shut-off moratorium remains in effect until March 15, 2022.
LATE PAYMENT PENALTY AND LIEN ENFORCEMENT MORATORIUM
Be advised THAT, UNTIL January 1, 2022, Executive Order 229 places a moratorium on local governments enforcing late payment charges and penalties on water accounts, or referring delinquent water to tax sale. ON OR AFTER March 15, 2022 charges and penalties may be imposed for delinquent payments, and any payments remaining delinquent may be referred to a tax lien sale held by the municipal tax collector.
BILL ASSISTANCE AND ARREARAGE FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is currently developing a Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This program is designed to assist water and sewer customers facing economic hardship due to the COVID -19 pandemic. Further information will be provided once the program goes live.
OPPORTUNITY TO REPAY ARREARAGES IN INSTALLMENTS
BE ADVISED that residents experiencing economic hardship during COVID-19 and who are behind on their water or sewer payments may be eligible to enter into an agreement whereby the resident agrees to pay their arrearages in installments over a period of time, no longer than one year. As part of the agreement, the resident must keep up to date on all current charges. For more information, call 609-537-0245 or by email.