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The HMUA is committed to providing the community with safe, clean drinking water and quality wastewater management, while maintaining the highest standards of customer service.


The Hackettstown Municipal Utilities Authority is seeking applicants for a Water Utility Operator Trainee position.  This person will perform tasks and job functions associated with the daily operation of the water utility. Work includes daily rounds, repair and replacement of water mains, services, meters and other jobs associated with the operation of the utility.  Candidate will be required to work some nights and weekends as well as emergency on call duty weeks. This position requires working outside in all weather conditions. Applicant must reside within a 20 minute response time to the Town of Hackettstown.  Work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, with rotating weekly emergency on-call/duty, including weekends and holidays.

Qualifications:  High School diploma or equivalent required.  Candidates are required to possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL), Class B, with tanker and air brake endorsements.  Candidates that do not meet the CDL requirement may be eligible for consideration but a CDL, Class B with tanker and air brake endorsements, must be obtained within 1-year of position appointment.  Candidate must be willing and motivated to attend Operator Training classes and work toward obtaining NJ State Water Distribution System (W) and Treatment (T) Licenses.

The applicant shall be able to walk, bend and lift over 50 pounds.  Applicant must have the ability to climb ladders up and down and enter into confined space areas. Applicant must be able to be on their feet for extended periods of time. Strong mechanical and computer skills are a plus.  Experience with operation of water treatment and distribution systems a plus.  Dump truck/backhoe operation experience is also a plus.

Employment Application, available on, should be accompanied by resume.  Final candidates will be subject to criminal history background check.  All applications, resumes and inquiries should be directed to Bud Volkert, Water Utility Superintendent, at or 908-852-3622.


Fire Hydrant FlushingDuring the next several weeks, we will be flushing our water mains and fire hydrants.  This “housecleaning” is necessary to insure that the water delivered to you is clear and sparkling and that fire hydrants operate properly in the event of a fire.

Flushing is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on the following evenings:  May 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th.  Nightly flushing is normally completed by 6 a.m. the following morning.  In addition, on May 21st and 22nd there will be daytime flushing in the Independence and Mt. Olive high pressure areas.

When we are flushing in your area you may draw some rusty looking water for a short time.  Just let it run for a while and it will clear up.  Please check your water before washing clothes (especially white clothing).  The best times to wash clothes during the flushing period is anytime on Saturday and Sunday before 10 p.m.

For exact dates and locations where flushing will be performed:  2020 Fire Hydrant Flushing Schedule (PDF)


Please do not flush "flushable" wipes, paper towels and sanitizing (baby, Clorox/Lysol) wipes. If flushed, they will usually not clog the toilet, but these wipes often cause problems for sewer operations downstream. 

For more information:  2020 No Flush Flyer (PDF)

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