Utility Service Affiliates (Perth Amboy) (USA-PA), a subsidiary of Middlesex Water, has won a contract to operate the City of Perth Amboy’s water and sewer utilities starting from 1 January, 2019 and extending through 31 December, 2028.


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The effective date of the agreement coincides with the expiration of USA-PA’s current operating agreement with the City that has been in place for the past 20 years.

Under this agreement, USA-PA will help the City realize increased operating efficiencies as USA-PA continues to provide quality service to the residents of Perth Amboy. The contract has been awarded by the City Council and is pending final execution.

Middlesex Water president Dennis W. Doll said: “We are pleased to have been again selected to operate Perth Amboy’s water and wastewater utility systems.

“We have an excellent team in place that is highly skilled in managing the water treatment and distribution system and the wastewater collection system. They are experienced with meeting challenges associated with the City’s infrastructure and are prepared to continue to help the City navigate through an increasingly challenging and complex regulatory environment.”

USA-PA first began operating the City’s water and wastewater utilities in January 1999 under a 20-year agreement.  As the current contract was nearing expiration, the City of Perth Amboy issued requests for competitive proposals to operate the systems under a new 10-year agreement.

These proposals were evaluated by an independent review committee consisting of City officials and third-party consultants. After a thorough evaluation process, USA-PA was selected as the “most complete, dependable and responsive organization” to be the City’s partner.

Under the terms of this operation and management services agreement, Perth Amboy will retain ownership of its source of water supply, as well as its water treatment plant, storage, collection and distribution systems and related pumping stations.

USA-PA will operate and manage the water, sewer and storm water facilities and will be paid $67 million over the course of the ten year contract.  In addition to daily operation, these fees will cover maintenance, minor system repair costs and management of the City’s ongoing capital improvement program.

The City of Perth Amboy will manage all billing and customer service work.

Middlesex Water Company, organized in 1897, is an investor-owned water utility and is engaged in the business of collecting, treating and distributing water for domestic, commercial, industrial and fire protection purposes.

The Company is skilled in all facets of water supply and distribution including water and wastewater treatment and the development and management of watershed properties.  Headquartered in Iselin, NJ, Middlesex Water supplies water on a retail basis to residents in Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, South Plainfield, South Amboy, Woodbridge and portions of Clark, New Jersey.

Middlesex Water sells water under wholesale contracts to the City of Rahway, the Townships of Edison and Marlboro, the Township of East Brunswick, the Borough of Highland Park and the Old Bridge Municipal Utilities Authority.

Source: Company Press Release