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 water main burst in Ridgewood 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.
Stage II water restrictions are currently in effect for rate payers after the tank levels dipped to 55 percent last week, Ridgewood Water Director Frank Moritz said.
The utility – already battling a class action lawsuit challenging rate hikes – has plans to build a water tower in Wyckoff to beef up capacity levels as well as providing greater fire protection for residents.
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