For most Wenonah residents – about 93% of households – their water and sewer utility service is provided by Wenonah. Water is provided through our system of wells, pumps, pipes and meters. The Gloucester County Municipal Utilities Authority (GCMUA) bills the Borough for treating the wastewater from the Borough.
Water usage continues to decrease slightly each year, which is terrific since we have limits on the amount of water we can remove from the aquifer each year. However, our costs to maintain the pumps, tank, wells, pipes and meters continues to increase. Rates for water have not increased since 2015, and the sewer charge did not increase from 2008 to 2017. Conversely, last year our charges for GCMUA were double what they had been the prior year.
Your Water and Sewer billing schedule for 2020:
Due April 1: Your Water bill. You will receive the bill in March, and it will include a $230.00 charge for overall system maintenance, plus a charge for the gallons of water your household used in 2019.
Due October 1: Your Sewer bill. Each household will be billed $520.00
What to expect in 2021:
Water and Sewer bills will go to a quarterly billing system. Your flat rate for water will be due January 31. Your Water usage bill for the gallons used by your household in 2020 will be due April 1. The first half of your Sewer bill will be due July 1, and the second half of your Sewer bill will be due October 1.
How much will your Water bill be for 2020? The total bill depends on your usage. For an average usage of 62,000 gallons annually, this year’s Water bill would be about $479.00. As a comparison, the annual charge since 2015 would have been about $332.00. While most utilities like gas and electricity have steady increases each year, our Water and Sewer utility has historically kept rates steady for several years before implementing an increase.