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Sewer System Repairs Paying Off in Middle

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By Vince Conti

COURT HOUSE – For years, Middle Township has seen increases in its fees at the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA). A big part of the problem was aging and continued deterioration of the township’s sewer system, which increasingly saw rainwater infiltration into the flow to the MUA. This meant that the township was paying to have the MUA treat clean water.
In late 2019, the township hired consulting engineers from Mott MacDonald to evaluate its pump stations. Over 20 of the township pump stations were over 30 years old.
Based on the evaluation of the current system’s piping and pump stations, the township embarked on a phased modernization of the system through annual commitments of capital funds.
At the governing body meeting April 3, Chief Financial Officer Neil Young said decreases in the payments to the MUA are proof that the improvements to the sewer system are paying off.
He noted that the township’s sewer utility has seen a rise in debt service payments to cover the new capital investments.
“This year, we are $80,000 to the good,” Young said.
The reference was to a rise of a bit over $50,000 in debt service in the sewer system budget for 2023 compared to a decrease of $130,000 in MUA charges.

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