New Jersey faces higher water costs due to leaks in distribution systems

Century-old water infrastructure in many of the Garden State's communities is causing a lot of water loss.

By Peter Fabris, Contributor | January 21, 2015

Between 20 percent and 22 percent of New Jersey’s drinking water is lost long before it reaches consumers, according to a 2013 study by Facing Our Future, bipartisan panel of former cabinet members and senior government executives. Water infrastructure in New Jersey can be up to 100 years old, and replacing water mains would cost almost $8 billion, according to one study. Homeowners in the Garden State and a number of other states face higher water prices as a result of the aging infrastructure and years of neglect.

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