Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Why are you getting charged so much, or so little, or so inconsistently?
It comes every three months and almost no one pays attention to it until there’s a problem. With this quarter’s Water and Sewer bill, there’s a problem -- a big one for a growing list of Wall Township residents who are reporting to Wall Patch and to town hall over-the-top charges they had no way to expect. Some of those charges approach $2,000 for a period of time where water use is generally less than in the hotter summer months, officials have said. Township Administrator Jeffry Bertrand said last week there was little quality control over water meter reading in town. There is no computerized database of who was checking what meters on what days with which equipment, so getting a baseline on the meter reading process to check for a …
With water bills on the minds of many in Wall, some tips on how to save the planet and a few bucks along the way
While you might not be a tree-hugging Trotskyist, chances are that you are, in fact, an "I-Can-Find-Better-Things-To-Do-With-My-Money-Than-Spend-It-On-A-Huge-Water-Bill''-ist. This is one issue where Ayn Rand and GreenPeace, oddly enough, have common ground. Keep an eye on that water meter and spend less money, while saving more water. Everyone wins. There are a number of energy-efficient appliances that promise to use less water, and many of them do. But replacing appliances is expensive. Don't let that stop you. There are a number of quick, easy and, importantly, free things you can do around the house to use less water and save some money. Know of some other tips we did not include? Tell us in the comments below.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Township officials fielding complaints but have few answers
There was a surprise in this quarter’s water bill for a number of residents in Wall. A big surprise. Brandon Road resident Linda Swenarton noticed it. So did Eric Brophy, of Club Drive, and Pennsylvania Avenue resident Mike Galos. Even Mayor Todd Luttman noticed it. Homeowners from all over Wall Township have reported that the current water and sewer bill is astronomically high. And for those subscribed to the town’s automatic payment system, the money to cover that bill is scheduled to be taken out of bank accounts on Thursday. “It was a mortgage payment-sized bill,’’ Brophy said. Luttman, whose own bill was on par for a bill he’d expect to receive in the summer months, said he has received a half-dozen complaints from residents. And …