This municipal-owned sewer system serves about 1,800 customers, most of whom already receive water service from New Jersey American Water.
The agreement follows a voter referendum that took place in November 2018, in which about 80 percent of voters approved the sale of the system to New Jersey American Water. As part of the acquisition agreement, New Jersey American Water will invest more than $4 million in needed sewer system improvements in the next four years, while freezing current sewer rates for residents for two years and increasing rates no more than 3 percent annually for the three years after that, the company said in a statement.
“As Mount Ephraim’s water company for more than a decade and a water provider to the area for over 90 years, we are pleased to expand our relationship with residents as their sewer service provider,” Cheryl Norton, president of New Jersey American Water, said. “Water and sewer is all we do, and we are deeply committed to making improvements to ensure the community’s sewer service is as clean, safe, reliable and affordable as the water service we provide.”
“The sale of our sewer system to New Jersey American Water is a big win for the residents of Mount Ephraim,” Mount Ephraim Mayor Joseph Wolk said. “By selling the system, we are eliminating uncontrollable sewer costs, which have been a major uncertainty in our budget. The company is committed to making $4 million in investments into necessary system upgrades, and the $1.4 million purchase price will be used to reduce the borough’s municipal debt. This is a great outcome for our residents.”