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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.

2022 FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING April 25, 2022

Flushing is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on the following evenings:  May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th , 11th, 12th and 13th.  Nightly flushing is normally completed by 6 a.m. the following morning.  Flushing will be completed during the day on May 12th and 13th.   

·        Sunday, May 1st    Drakestown Rd, East Ave (Washington Twp only), Indian Park Estates, Mine Hill Rd, Mountain Ave, Mountain Park II, Peachtree Village, Brittney Hills, Rt.#46 (East of East Ave), Rt.#57

·        Monday, May 2nd   Esna Dr, Hastings Square, Newburgh Rd, Schooley’s Mtn Rd

·        Tuesday, May 3rd   Alexandria Apts, Allen Road, Harmony Lane, Kensington Estates, Laurel Ridge, Warren Village, Yorkshire Apts

·        Wednesday, May 4th   Diamond Hill, East Ave (Hackettstown), Kenwood Village, Mansfield Village Apts, Mountain Ave (North of East Ave), Riverside Apts, Van Dr, Victoria Village

·        Sunday, May 8th   Ashley Ave, Bilby Rd (Hackettstown only), Brook   Hollow Estates, Carol Dr, Christopher St, Cindy Terr, Connie Terr, Cook St, Franklin St, Hurley Dr, Lafayette St, Louis Lane, Maple Ave, Miller St, Morgan Terr, Park Ave, Pine St, Plane St (North of Main St), Richard Dr, Ruland Ave, Seber Rd, Sharp St, Willow Grove St

·        Monday, May 9th   Beatty St (between Grand & Moore), Bell’s Lane, Center St, Church St, ), First Ave, Fourth Ave, Fifth Ave, , Grand Ave (between Fifth Ave & Rt.#46), Jefferson St, Little St, Madison St, Main St (Rt.#46 between Liberty St & East Ave), Monroe St, Moore St, Mountain Ave (between Bell’s Lane & Rt.#46), Plane St, Reese Ave, Warren St, Washington St, Water St

·        Tuesday, May 10th   Beatty St (between Grand & Stiger), Bergen St, Charles St, College View Estates, Grand Ave (Robin’s Ct to Railroad overpass), Harvey St, Liberty St, Robin’s Ct, Roosevelt Ave, Stiger St, Rt.#46 (between High & Petersburg Rd), Vail St, Valentine St, Valley View Woods, Vienna Rd, West Baldwin St, West Prospect St, West Valley View Ave

·        Wednesday, May 11th   Allamuchy Rd, Bilby Rd (Independence only), Countryside Apts, Countryside Dr, Countryside Lane, East Baldwin St, East Prospect St, East Valley View Ave, First St, Second St, Third St, Fourth St, Fifth St, Sixth, Seventh St, Hamilton Dr, High St (Rt.#517), Oak Hill At Independence, Oak St, Overlook Dr, Stiger St (First to Sixth St), Towpath Apts

·        Thursday, May 12th  DAYTIME FLUSHING Independence High Pressure area- Petersburg Road, Asbury Road, Ketcham Road, Vienna Hills Drive, Route 46, Laurel Court.

·        Friday, May 13th DAYTIME FLUSHING Mount Olive High Pressure area Winding Hill Drive, Drakestown Road, Crestview Drive, Skylands Blvd, Brock Lane, Saunders Lane, Windsor Court, Bromley Court, Stratton Court, Stephens State Park Road, Dorset Drive.

      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.



The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a federally funded program that provides emergency assistance to families experiencing hardship with their water bills. LIHWAP will be able to assist our customers who are behind on their drinking water and wastewater bills to help keep their water and wastewater service active.

To be eligible for LIHWAP assistance, applicants must be water/wastewater bill holders who are responsible for paying their water and sewer bills directly to HMUA. Also, applicants’ total gross household income must be at or below 60% of the state median Income ($6,439 a month for a family of four). The LIHWAP frequently asked questions webpage has additional information about maximum income limits and other items. Participants in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are automatically eligible for LIHWAP assistance as long as they are water/wastewater bill holders.

People can apply online through the DCAid application portal. People who do not have access to computers or the internet can call 1-800-510-3102 to be directed to one of the community action agencies to assist them with starting, completing, and submitting an application online.


HMUA is committed to keeping the water flowing to its customers.  

HMUA is offering a 12-month payment installment plan for arrearages accruing between March 9, 2020 and March 15, 2022.  Please contact our business office 908-852-3622 to arrange a payment plan. 

Installment plan requirements:

  • Installment plans must have equal monthly payments and the residential customer must make timely payments on the arrearages and current fees and charges. 
  • If the residential customer does not pay their arrearages and/or current charges within 30 days after the due date, then the installment plan is void and enforcement can proceed on the unpaid arrears at any time after June 15, 2022, including service shutoff and bringing accrued arrearages and interest accruing after June 15, 2022 to tax sale.
  • If a residential customer does not agree to an installment plan within 30 days of being offered a plan, enforcement action can be taken at any time after June 15, 2022.


In accordance with groundbreaking state legislation that is designed to reduce lead in drinking water and improve public health, public community water utilities in New Jersey have taken the first steps to identify and replace the state’s lead-containing service lines. Certified letters have been sent to all HMUA customers who have a known lead or galvanized service line informing them of the dangers of lead in drinking water and listing actions they can take to reduce their exposure.

In July, 2021, state legislation (P.L. 2021, c.183) was enacted to replace all service lines made of lead or galvanized steel within 10 years (i.e., by July 2031), positioning New Jersey to be the first state in the nation to do so.  Exposure to high levels of lead is a serious health risk. Lead builds up in the body over many years and can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells, and kidneys. The greatest risk is to young children, pregnant women, and unborn babies.

HMUA has no service lines constructed of lead; however, HMUA has 68 galvanized steel service lines.  Galvanized lines are considered to be lead by NJDEP, although not currently labeled as lead by USEPA.  The HMUA plans to replace all galvanized steel service lines by 2024, on both the portion owned and maintained by the HMUA and the portion owned by the property owner, all at no direct cost to the property owner. The lead service line replacement program will help to further ensure public health and quality of life. 

HMUA has created an inventory of water service line materials that is available to the public on its website , “Service Line Information”, along with “Frequently Asked Questions” and additional information regarding lead and galvanized steel service lines.   

“Taking steps to protect our customers from lead exposure is not new,” said HMUA Executive Director Kathleen Corcoran. “As part of our water treatment process, we add corrosion control chemical into our well water system, which further helps minimize the amount of lead from household plumbing which could dissolve into the water. We also regularly sample for lead in compliance with state and federal regulations.   The most recent sampling period was the summer of 2021 and the 90th percentile value was 3.0 ppb which meets NJDEP and USEPA requirements of not being greater than 15 ppb.”

Because property owners own a portion of the water service line, HMUA may not have complete information on what those service lines are composed of inside the building.  HMUA is seeking assistance from those customers with galvanized service lines to provide contact information to HMUA and assistance with obtaining information needed to undertake the service line replacement construction. HMUA can be contacted at 908-852-3622 or


For more information on New Jersey’s Lead Service Line Legislation, visit this New article about the legislation.   For more information about lead in drinking water, watch this AWWA video “Getting the Lead Out”For more information on how to mitigate the public health risk of lead service lines, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s webpage on lead in drinking water

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