Effective July 1, 2020, Utility Services Affiliates, a subsidiary of Middlesex Water Company, is managing the operation and management of the Borough’s water/sewer system. Two proposals were obtained through an open and public bidding process and were reviewed by an evaluation committee. The Borough is maintaining ownership of its water/sewer system while the day-to-day operations and management are the responsibility of the contractor. This is an important step to control costs and adopt best practices in one of our most important infrastructure assets.

Secure Drop Box

There is a secure drop box for Tax and Water payments located to the left of the front entrance of Borough Hall for your convenience marked "Please put payments here." All payments left in the drop box will be posted on the next business day. Please do not leave cash payments in the drop box.

Water/Sewer Utility

Water/Sewer bills are due quarterly on the last business day of the following months: March, June, September and December. Readings are taken in February, May, August and November. Payments received after the due date will accrue interest at the same rate as delinquent taxes.

Payment information for utilities can be viewed and paid online.

Final Meter Readings

Final readings are done only for properties being sold and must be scheduled at least 5 days prior to a closing. A Final Meter Reading Request must be filled out and emailed to There is a $30 fee for all Final Readings.

Water/Sewer Rates Per Cycle

Item Fee
Minimum Water Charge (0-799 Cu Ft) $40.88 flat charge
Minimum Sewer Charge (0-799 Cu Ft) $32.55 flat charge
Water Charge (800-999 Cu Ft) $53.00 flat charge
Sewer Charge (800-999 Cu Ft) $41.83 flat charge
Water Charge (1,000-3,499 Cu Ft) $66.21 per 1,000 Cu Ft
Sewer Charge (1,000-3,499 Cu Ft) $50.61 per 1,000 Cu Ft
Water Charge (3,500  Cu Ft and up) $70.84 per 1,000 Cu Ft
Sewer Charge (3,500 Cu Ft and up) $54.15 per 1,000 Cu Ft

1,000 cubic feet of water equals 7,480 Gallons of water.

The interest rate for delinquent water and sewer by state statue is as follows:

The first $1500 of delinquency is at 8% (APR) any balance over $1500 is at 18%. The 18% interest remains until the delinquency is brought current. A 6% year-end penalty will be assessed on the last day of the fiscal year on delinquent accounts in excess of $10,000.

Sewer Department

If you experience sewer back-up please call the Water and Sewer Department during normal office hours, or the Highland Park Police at 732-572-3800 after regular business hours and holidays. Please call our offices before calling a sewer cleaning contractor as we will have an employee come out to inspect the borough's main and let you know if a cleaning contractor is needed.

Road Opening Permits are required anytime road excavation is done. These permits can be obtained from the Code Enforcement Department.

Sanitary Sewer Project-the borough is involved in finding excessive inflow and infiltration of water which gets into our sewer system. Problem areas are being grouted, tele-viewed and pipes are being replaced.

Water Quality

"The Borough of Highland Park takes the health and safety of our residents seriously. It’s important to understand that the water delivered to Highland Park residents meets or is better than all regulatory standards. We mail annual water quality testing and monitoring data to all residents and want them to be informed about their drinking water."

Tax Sale

Any outstanding municipal balances as of November 11th, of the current year are subject to Tax Sale anytime thereafter.

Things to Remember:

Any internal leak, however small, can quickly add up to several gallons of wasted water. Repair all leaks promptly to avoid high bills. If you are unsure if you have a leak, please contact the Billing office to schedule an appointment.

Road Opening Permits are required anytime road excavation is done. These permits can be obtained from the Code Enforcement Department.

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