April 19, 2006
VIA HAND DELIVERY
Kristi Izzo, Secretary
State of New Jersey, Board of Public Utilities
Two Gateway Center
Newark, New Jersey 07102
I/M/O the Petition of Applied Wastewater Management, Inc.
for Approval of (1) Municipal Consent by the Township of
Union, Hunterdon County, New Jersey; and (2) Extension of
its Existing “COWS” Sewer Tariff to the new Service Area
BPU Docket No.: WE05050414
Dear Secretary Izzo:
Please accept for filing an original and eleven copies of the Division of the
Ratepayer Advocate’s (“Ratepayer Advocate”) comments regarding the above referenced
matter. Please date stamp the additional copy as “filed” and return it in the courier.
Thank you for your consideration and attention to this matter.
On May 4, 2005 Applied Wastewater Management Inc. (“Applied Wastewater” or
“Company”) filed a Petition with the State of New Jersey, Board of Public Utilities
(“BPU” or “Board”), for approval of a Municipal consent in Union Township, Hunterdon
County and for approval of the application of its current “COWS” sewer tariff in that
Applied Wastewater provides sewerage collection, treatment and disposal system
to approximately 3,750 customers in municipalities located in Union, Somerset, Morris
and Burlington Counties in New Jersey.1
On March 16, 2005, the Company obtained the consent of the Township of Union
to own and operate a wastewater system in an area know as Lookout Pointe. The system
will serve 46 new single family homes (3 bedrooms or larger), one existing single family
home (3 bedroom or larger) six townhome units (3 bedrooms) and two townhome units (1
bedroom).2 The sewerage system will be acquired by Applied Wastewater and they
propose to implement their “COWS” tariff in the area.
The Lookout Pointe development is being constructed by Toll Brothers. The
project is located within state Planning Area PA-2.3 The Company will be acquiring the
wastewater system for a