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Starting on January 1, 2021, each customer will see a separate line item for the Wastewater Service Charge and the Purchased Wastewater Treatment Adjustment Clause surcharge (“PSTAC charge”) labeled as “Purchased Wastewater Surcharge”. The Wastewater Service Charge covers NJAWC’s expenses to collect wastewater, maintain the collection system, pay local, state and federal taxes, and to invest in the aging infrastructure of the wastewater collection system. The PSTAC charge represents the costs the Company pays to the CMCMUA to treat and dispose of the sewage generated within Ocean City. Like the PWAC, the PSTAC charge is a pass-through of actual costs. Prior to January 1, 2021, the Wastewater Service Charge & PSTAC charge were combined as the Wastewater Service Charge line item on a customer’s bill. The Purchased Wastewater surcharge line item is not a new charge, it’s just now been broken out separately on the bill to provide more transparency of these associated costs. Please click here for the FAQ’s for more detailed information Update 08122021

Masks Strongly Encouraged Indoors

Due to the current COVID-19 metrics in New Jersey and the transmissibility of the Delta variant, New Jersey is strongly recommending that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear face masks in indoor settings where there is increased risk, including:

  • Crowded indoor settings
  • Indoor settings involving activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated
  • Indoor settings where the vaccine status of other individuals in the setting is unknown
  • Where an individual is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease

Masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces but businesses have the right to require stricter mask policies. Businesses are not allowed to restrict the use of face masks by their staff, customers, or visitors.

On Thursday, June 24, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) extended its federal eviction moratorium, previously set to expire on June 30, through July 31, 2021.  The agency stated in its announcement that this latest extension of the moratorium, which has been in place since September 2020 under the CDC's powers during a public health emergency, is intended to be the last.  The eviction moratorium prevents housing providers from evicting tenants who are unable to pay all or some of their rent due to loss of income or medical expenses, have attempted to obtain rental assistance, earned no more than $99k ($198k for joint filers) in 2020 or does not expect to earn more than that in 2021, is making "best efforts" to make timely partial payments, and eviction would likely render them homeless or force them into a shared living setting. 

Following the announcement, the White House released a fact sheet on "Initiatives to Promote Housing Stability by Supporting Vulnerable Tenants and Preventing Foreclosures."  It outlines plans by the Administration to coordinate across federal agencies and the state, local, and national governments to provide resources for tenants and housing providers to access rental assistance funds and programs, develop plans for anti-eviction diversion practices to benefit tenants, housing providers, and relieve some of the burden on the court systems, and better communicate the existence of emergency rental assistance program (ERAP) funds and counseling programs to vulnerable tenants and housing providers.  These initiatives include:

  • Encouraging state and local courts to adopt "anti-eviction diversion practices," to help housing providers and tenants reach agreements and access rental assistance to keep people in their homes while helping to make housing providers whole;
  • Highlighting the federal assistance funds for state and local governments, and their range of potential uses (including eviction diversion plans);