Ridgewood Water Lost 20 Percent of its Supply in 2011, Report Says

Issue compounded by excessive water usage, according to a report on northjersey.com.

Ridgewood Water lost 514 million gallons of its water in 2011, according to a report published Sunday on northjersey.com.

The utility, which serves Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Wyckoff and Midland Park, lost 20 percent of the water it pumped and treated, according to statistics provided by the DEP. Some nearby providers also posted large losses – United Water lost 26 percent of its water, Oakland 28 percent, and Ho-Ho-Kus at 33 percent.

The report noted leaks in antiquated piping systems as a psrticular challenge for water providers. A  Saturday afternoon.

High water losses are also compounded by excessive water usage, the article contends. Ridgewood Water is facing fines from the DEP for exceeding its allocation limits in 2010 and 2011.

for rate payers after the tank levels , Ridgewood Water Director Frank Moritz said.

The utility – already battling a class action lawsuit challenging rate hikes – has plans to to beef up capacity levels as well as providing greater fire protection for residents.

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Ally Shuster Shea July 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Didnt the Republicans say there were going to running an efficient village? You have a former Republican Mayor as BA and you have Councilmember Walsh and her Republican Bergen County double dipper friends at the County. These Republicans need to answer
James Jr. July 17, 2012 at 12:50 AM
You friend may be stretching the truth. From a previous Patch article Hawthorne Water has a set quarter meter fee of $29.70/quarter for 5/8 meter. Ridgewood Water is $22.96. That means without using any water your friend already pays $30 for water per quarter. According to that article Ridgewood Water is a tad bit over $.15 more (per 1000 gallons). Ridgewood Water is still lowest in the area, and when they do raise the rates they get case actions lawsuits. It appears a bias of Ridgewood is translated into a bias of Ridgewood Water.
Gary J Negrycz July 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Leaking pipes cost money to fix people want to pay to lease BMW's because the can see them and show them off water pipes are buried in the ground out of sight out. Of mind
Dennis Martinez July 17, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Went to the friends house in Hawthorne and he showed me his last two quarterly water bills. He was stretching the truth. It turns out the bills were $38.95 and $42.14 and not $50. He then said they never had a bill over $50 ever. I had misunderstood.
Here since the 50s July 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM
It's long since time to privatize Ridgewood Water or at least create a public private partnership. To put in mildly, there's a lot of murk in it -- not the water but everything else.


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