Utilities & Trash
Utilities and Trash
The Department of Public Works does not provide residential or commercial water or sewer service. Water and sewer utilities are provided by the Washington Township Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA). The MUA can be contacted at 908-876-3145
The following sanitation carriers service Washington Township. There may be others. Please check with your neighbors and realtor to see if other providers are available in your area:
|Raritan Valley Disposal|
The following Utility Companies service Washington Township. There may be others, please talk with your neighbors and realtor to see if there are additional options.
|Jersey Central Power & Light
|NIU Elizabethtown Gas Company||800-242-5830|
The CATV Advisory Committee receives, investigates and resolves complaints by residents of Washington Township against the CATV provider when the resident has not achieved satisfactory resolution of a complaint made directly to the CATV provider.
Information about the complaint process is available from the Township Clerk. The CATV Advisory Committee also coordinates the community's use of public access programming and monitors the CATV provider's compliance with the CATV franchise ordinance.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has an excellent web page located at: http://www.bpu.state.nj.us/
Utility companies are well aware that many of their customers are facing very difficult financial hardships. If you are unable to pay your utility bills or are finding it increasingly difficult, call your utility company to find out about the programs and payment options that they offer that might be of assistance to you.
Budget Payment Plan Elizabethtown Gas offers a Budget Payment Plan (Budget Billing) for those who want their bill to be the same amount every month for the next 12 months. This is a free service for residential customers. You can discontinue it at any time. To sign up, call the company at 800.242.5830, or "My Account".
Energy Assistance If you’re having trouble paying your gas bill, Elizabethtown Gas suggests you reach out to ClearPoint, a national, nonprofit credit counseling service, by calling 800.251.2227. You can also visit ClearPoint's website.
Deferred Payment Arrangements If your account is past due, Elizabethtown Gas will work with you to set up a Deferred Payment Arrangement. This will allow you to pay off your balance over an extended period of time while staying current with any new bills. Call 800.242.5830, or visit one of their offices in Elizabeth (12 West Jersey St.) or Perth Amboy (296 State St.). The offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Weatherization for Income-Qualified Elizabethtown Gas' energy efficiency program provides free home weatherization services to all customers with a household income that falls at or below 250%. The program includes a free home energy assessment and installation of energy-saving products such as an energy saving refrigerator. View the income guidelines for this program below and find out more information about the weatherization program.
|Persons in household||250% of FPL|
Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L)
Equal Payment Plan In the company's Equal Payment Plan (EPP), you're billed one-twelfth of your annual estimated usage each month. To account for your actual household use during the year, the reviews of your actual usage occur quarterly - it is at these times that payment amounts might be adjusted. Call 800.662.3115 for assistance. (TTY- 800.221.0479)
Extended Due Date If you are at least 60 years old and receive a Social Security or pension check, or if you receive disability assistance, and your electric bill is usually due just before your monthly benefit check comes, they will extend your payment due date until after your check arrives.
Extended Payment Plan If conditions make it difficult to pay your electric bill on time, they will arrange an extended payment plan. This maintains service while you make payments more suited to your financial situation.
Military Deferred Payment Program This program is designed to assist customers who are having financial difficulties because their family members have been called to active military duty. Customers participating in the program may elect to defer paying either all or part of their monthly electric bill. When the family member in the military service returns home, the account will be reviewed to determine payment arrangements for the balance owed. Call 800.686.3421 for more information.
Customers who have switched to an alternative generation supplier may defer the charges paid to their supplier only if that supplier offers a deferred payment program. If a supplier does not offer a deferred payment program, the supplier charges must be paid each month.
New Jersey Natural Gas Customers
Gift of Warmth This is a fund established by New Jersey Natural Gas to help customers with financial difficulties who cannot afford to pay their energy bills. Funded through contributions from customers, shareholders, and employees, the Gift of Warmth fund helps income-eligible households, as well as customers experiencing temporary or unanticipated financial hardship. The program is administered by the United Way through local Community Action Program (CAP) agencies. Call 732.389.2204 to learn more about this program.
Helpful Notification Services This service allows residential customers to designate a relative, friend or social service agency to receive a duplicated copy of any discontinuance notice for nonpayment of bills. The third party is not responsible for payment. For more information, call 800.221.0051 and say "energy assistance" at the prompt to speak with an NJNG customer service representative.
Budget Plan This plan can help by spreading out estimated annual natural gas costs evenly over 12 months at no additional charge. To join you can pay the “Budget Option” amount and any other non-gas charges shown on your NJNG bill, prior to the due date to automatically enroll in the plan. To sign up for this service, go to Manage My Account on NJNG’s website.
Deferred Payment Arrangements If you think you may not be able to provide full payment for your bill by the due date, you should contact NJNG at 1.800.221.0051. NJNG Customer Services can discuss special payment arrangements to bring your account up-to-date and check to see if you qualify for programs that install weatherization measures in your home free-of-charge. You can also set up a Deferred Payment Agreement (DPA) to pay off your total balance in monthly increments with a visit to the NJNG website. Customers are urged to set up a DPA or contact NJNG to avoid collection efforts.
For the Hearing and Speech, Impaired Customers who have access to teletypewriters (TTYs) may call a special toll-free number 800.223.0024. The TTY service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Life-Sustaining Equipment If you use any life-sustaining devices in your home, let the company know. If there is a disruption of gas service, restoration of your service will be a top priority. You can apply for this service by calling the Customer Service Inquiry Center at 800.221.0051.