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1 E. Main St.
Rockaway, NJ 07866
973-627-2000
boroughclerk@rockawayborough.org


Water Utility Department

The Borough Water Utility is part of the Public Works Department. There are four wells which provide over 40,000,000 gallons of water annually. Please remember that water is one of our most precious natural resources and should be used conservatively.

Hours

Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For emergencies after normal business hours call 973-627-1314.

Water Utility Supervisor

Brian Shatzel
Phone Number: 973-627-7025
email: watersupervisor@rockawayborough.org

Water Utility Clerk

Robyn Lance
Phone Number: 973-627-2000 ext 223
email: waterclerk@rockawayborough.org
Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Statements

Ratepayer Relief Measures

The Borough of Rockaway has announced relief measures for residential ratepayers experiencing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view the relief measures PDF in its entirety.

Water Quality Concerns

With recent news reports about the state of drinking water in New Jersey and across the country regarding the PFAS chemicals in drinking water, we would like to inform our customers of the Rockaway Borough Water Utility that our water that we supply meets and or exceeds the State and Federal mandated testing requirements that are set forth for us to follow. We currently have in place the treatment facilities that treat for PFAS, and a variety of other chemicals that can be found in any drinking water system.

We continue to strive in providing high quality drinking water. Every year we reinvest into our water system upgrading various components of the system to provide reliability of service. If you have any questions about the safety of our water, we encourage you to contact us at (973)-627-7025.

Thank you.
Brian D. Shatzel, Water Utility Supervisor & Licensed Operator

January 28, 2022

2021 Water Rate Increase

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Mayor Mulligan’s statement regarding the 2021 water rate increase, as discussed at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Council on April 8, 2021.

The Borough has been able to operate its Water Utility without a water rate increase since 2013. Over the past 8 years, the Borough has been able to manage increases in salary and other operating expenditures and authorize approximately $4 million of capital ordinances and the related debt for equipment and improvements to the water system – the bulk of which occurred in the past 2 years.

The Mayor and Council anticipated that an increase in the water rates would be necessary in 2021. To minimize future costs and the water rate increase, the Borough took advantage of the opportunity to refinance $1,200,000 of its outstanding 2011 Water Utility Bonds with interest rates ranging from 3.0%-5.0% in 2021 and issued $1,250,000 Refunding bonds with interest rates ranging from .293%-2.44% without extending the final maturity of the original bonds. The refunding resulted in cash savings of $248,480 over 16 years – average savings of $15,500 per year. At the same time, the Borough issued $3,540,000 Water Utility Bonds at a premium of $629,766 with stated interest rates ranging from 3.05-5.0% to permanently finance its $4,117,540 of Bond Anticipation Notes outstanding as of December 31, 2020. After factoring in the premium, which reduced the principal amount of the bonds to be repaid, the net interest cost of the bonds was 1.77%. As a result of both bond issues, the Borough saved $878,246 in future debt service costs.

The Borough had a water rate study prepared which demonstrates that the 2021 water rate increase is expected to sustain the Water Utility operations for the next five years. The Borough intends to utilize annual capital appropriations to finance equipment and capital improvements and curtail the issuance of debt, and the Mayor and Council will continue to review the Water Utility’s annual operations and determine if smaller increases in the water rates are necessary on an ongoing basis.

While the Mayor and Council would prefer to not to have to raise the water rates, it is not feasible to do so when costs continue to rise, and improvements are necessary. The 2021 water rate increase, including the cost of some major capital improvements and related debt, averages from 2-4% on an annual basis over the 8-year period during which there was no water rate increase.

May 5, 2021


Information

Why Is My Drinking Water Discolored?

Is your water white or cloudy? Blue or Green? Brown or Yellow? Does it taste or smell "funny"?
Water Utility Supervisor Brian Shatzel has provided residents with a tip sheet on what could be "wrong" your water. Click here for the PDF Why Is My Drinking Water Discolored?


Reports

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Annual Water Quality Report — 2021
Annual Water Quality Report — 2020
Annual Water Quality Report — 2019


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