Water & Sewer Department

Initially started in 1877 and then known as the Bridgeton Water Works, the department was considered at the time to be quite elaborate as it covered the entire city with 7 miles of pipe, 37 stop valves, and 53 fire hydrants.

Active from that point to the present, the Bridgeton Water and Sewer Department is today responsible for maintaining 88 miles of water and sewer lines throughout the community. Counting 9 active wells, 2 radium treatment plants, and 2 storage tanks under their charge, the Water Department provides an average of 2.5 million gallons of water to Bridgeton's residential, commercial, and industrial customers. During the summer months, when water usage is at its peak, that number can go as high as 5.5 million gallons. On the other side of the ledger, the Sewer department maintains 7 sewage pumping stations to serve all corners of the community.

As a matter of course, the Bridgeton Water and Sewer Department adheres to strict water-testing regulations established by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Beyond compliance with these strict health and safety standards; the department is dedicated to best practices within the industry and toward that end, yearly consumer confidence reports are sent to customers as part of that process.

Meter Information

The City of Bridgeton provides a standard 5/8" radio-read meter to all residential customers at no cost. Meters over 5/8" are available at a reduced cost and customers can contact the Water Department for specific pricing information.

Second meters (5/8") for measuring outside water usage are also available to customers. However, all required plumbing installations must be complete with necessary permits, inspections, and approvals in place before a second meter will be installed. While a second meter is not for everyone; it is ideal for the customer who routinely waters garden and lawn areas, or tends to a swimming pool, fountain, or other outdoor amenity requiring water usage. Customers interested in learning more about a second meter and outside water usage should contact the Water Department for more details.

As with any utility, there are a number of applicable fees; including installation fees, connection fees, and supervisory fees. The attached summary sheet lists the menu of services and associated fees for each.

The attached report discusses the quality of our drinking water, where it comes from, and where you can get more information

Safe clean water; whether for bathing, drinking, or cooking is essential to our personal well-being and to maintain a reasonable quality of life in our community. But like many resources, it is finite and it can be used up. With that in mind, we encourage you to do what you can to conserve our water; use it wisely and protect this precious resource.

Water Use

Charge based on consumption - Minimum 15,000 gallons $30, overage $3.75 per 1,000 gallons, Surcharge $25

  • Due Dates
    Quarterly, due 30 days from the billing date

Sewer Use

Service Rate

  • Residential
    $130, which includes 15,000 gallons. After 15,000 gallons $5.92 per thousand gallons is added.
  • Out of Town
    $149.50 which includes 15,000 gallons, plus the overage
  • Senior
    $100, which includes 15.000 gallons, plus the overage
  • Ordinance
    Numbers 19 to 11
  • Due Dates
    Quarterly, due 30 days from the billing date

The State Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) can help you pay arrears for your water and sewer bills. The program may also be able to help address tax liens due to water and sewer arrears. To get more information and apply, go to the Department of Community Affairs Website or call NJ211.