Township Municipal Building
65 Main Street
Sparta, NJ 07871
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Telephone: (973) 729-7133
Utility Director: Philip Spaldi
Administrative Assistant: Jeanmarie Lynch
Customer Service: (973) 729-7133
Statement from the Sparta Water Utility on Water Quality and Lead Exposure Risk
Protect your pipes from freezing weather!
Freezing weather can take its toll on you and your home. The Township of Sparta Water Utility reminds you to make a thorough check of your home to protect water lines against the possible expense and inconvenience of loss of service due to frozen water lines.
Before freezing weather sets in:
Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses: Detaching the hose allows water to drain from the pipe. Otherwise, a single hard, overnight freeze can burst either the faucet or the pipe it's connected to.
Insulate pipes in unheated areas: Wrap water pipes in areas such as crawl spaces, basements and garages with insulated material. Pipes located on outside walls and near crawl space openings and vents are most vulnerable to freezing. You can use clean, dry rags or blankets in place of commercial insulating material.
Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks: Plug up drafty cracks and repair broken basement windows. Winter winds whistling through overlooked openings can quickly freeze exposed water pipes. Be sure not to plug up air vents that your furnace or hot water heater may need for good combustion.
Place a tag on the main shut-off valve: Be sure all members of your household know where the valve is located. Be prepared to turn the valve off should a water line burst. You may also want to consider closing your shut-off valve if you will be leaving the property unattended for a long period (i.e. if your property is a vacation home), or providing a key for a neighbor to check the heat and running water while you're away.
During freezing weather:
Do not keep crawl space, basement or garage doors open during cold periods. The cold air could freeze exposed pipes. Pipes should be properly insulated to prevent freezing. If you are unable to insulate your pipes that have frozen in past winters - particularly on sub-zero nights or periods of low usage - you may want to keep a trickle of water running from any faucet that will cause water to flow through the problem section of the pipe. During extremely cold periods, this trickle should be a steady stream the size of a pencil. Be sure to keep the drain clear of obstructions to prevent the basin from overflowing. While you will be billed for the water used, this procedure is using a minimal amount of water and may prevent more costly plumbing repairs and water loss caused by broken pipes.
Watch for reduced water flow, particularly in one faucet or one section of your home during cold weather. This may indicate a pipe beginning to freeze. If this happens, please see above.
The Township of Sparta Water Utility strives to ensure a safe, reliable water supply to your home. A Customer Service Representative is available to answer your questions and provide as much help as we can if you experience frozen water line problems. However, care and custody of the pipes from the curb, up to and inside the home are your responsibility. If water is unavailable in only a portion of your home, or if your neighbors are not experiencing a problem, the obstruction may be in a section of pipe that is your responsibility. You may want to contact your plumber.
In light of the recent events unfolding in Flint, Michigan, and other areas closer to home, the quality and safety of drinking water and concerns about lead exposure have come to the forefront for many Sparta Water Utility customers.
The Sparta Water Utility operates three separate water supply systems; Highlands, Lake Mohawk and Sunset Lake. Each water system is supplied by numerous groundwater wells. Each system and its wells are governed by EPA and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regulations. An example of these regulations is the 1992 Safe Drinking Water Act Lead and Copper Rule. All Sparta Water Utility systems are in compliance with the 1992 Safe Drinking Water Act Lead and Copper Rule and all its subsequent revisions.
The Sparta Water Utility has funded many improvements to its distribution systems over the years and none of our water systems deliver water through lead pipes. One of the challenges faced by suppliers is maintaining a PH level that is less corrosive to help minimize the leaching of lead into the water from homeowner plumbing or fixtures. Sparta Township is fortunate enough to report that all our groundwater supplies have natural PH levels at a neutral scale or better. Additionally, we utilize a concentrated liquid phosphate at various locations throughout our system that acts as a corrosion inhibitor and reduces lead leaching. Water delivery in our distribution system through lead pipes and water with a corrosive PH level are not concerns for Sparta Water Utility customers.
The Sparta Water Utility fulfills the sampling requirements set forth by the State’s Lead and Copper rule. The number of samples to be taken, the sampling frequency and sample locations are all determined in cooperation with the NJDEP. We enlist the services of a state certified laboratory which ensures that all lead analyses are conducted properly on samples from several locations throughout the water system. Sampling data can be found in your Water System’s annual water quality report, which is mailed to each service address and available on the Township website (www.spartanj.org
The Sparta Water Utility is committed to delivering the highest quality water, to the ongoing protection of our groundwater at its source, and to promoting a safe community for everyone in Sparta Township and its surrounding areas. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the quality of our water, please contact our Utility Office at 973-729-7133.
If you are concerned about a lead presence in your household and wish to have your water tested, please visit www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/oqa/certlabs.htm
to help locate State-certified laboratories in the area. Additional information on lead in drinking water, testing methods and steps to minimize exposure is available at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead
Why and How to Conserve?
Keep your lawn and garden weed-free. Weeds compete with your plants for water, oxygen and minerals! Cultivate soil regularly to keep it loose. You'll use less water because it will penetrate more rapidly and deeply.
Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture and discourage weed growth too! Avoid watering on windy days. Wind can blow water away from cultivated areas and onto concrete and asphalt where it's not needed. Don't let your sprinkler water the sidewalk, driveway or street. Put the water only where it's needed!
Talk to neighbors. If you live in an area where watering is commonplace, set up a schedule so everyone's not watering at the same time!
Sparta Water Utility 973/729-7133
Sparta Water Utility and Sewer Utility
In an effort to make water and sewer billing more convenient for our customers, the anticipated billing schedule can be reviewed below. Please make a note of these important dates. Also, please be advised that if payment is not received by the due date, late charges will apply. This late policy includes instances where bills were undeliverable or lost in the mail. If you have not received your bill during the 30 days prior to the due dates for each quarter listed below, then we would recommend contacting the Utility office early enough to obtain your outstanding account balances before late penalties accrue. Additionally, if you do have concerns about receiving bills, then we would recommend contacting the Utility office to verify that your account’s mailing information is updated and accurate. The number to the Sparta Township Utility office is (973) 729-7133.
|Billing Mail Dates
||Billing Due Dates
|1st Quarter - February 15
||1st Quarter - March 15
|2nd Quarter - May 15
||2nd Quarter - June 15
|3rd Quarter - August 15
||3rd Quarter - September 15
|4th Quarter - November 15
||4th Quarter – December 15
WATER RESTRICTION NOTICE
ATTENTION CUSTOMERS OF THE FOLLOWING MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEM:
HIGHLANDS WATER SYSTEM
EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, JUNE 09, 2015 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE TOWNSHIP OF SPARTA IS HEREBY ANNOUNCING A MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTION AND CONSERVATION NOTICE TO THE CONSUMERS OF TOWNSHIP-OWNED HIGHLANDS WATER SYSTEM IN ACCORDANCE WITH TOWNSHIP CODE, CHAPTER XIX, SECTION 19-10 ENTITLED “PERMANENT WATER CONSERVATION RESTRICTIONS AND GUIDELINES”. WHILE HIGHLANDS WELL #2 IS REMOVED FROM SERVICE DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF TREATMENT UPGRADES, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT EACH WATER CONSUMER TAKE MEASURES TO CONSERVE WATER AND HELP ENSURE ADEQUATE WATER SUPPLIES FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY. THIS RESTRICTION NOTICE REGULATES OUTDOOR WATER ACTIVITIES.
UNDER THIS ORDER, THE LIMITED RESTRICTIONS FOR THE HIGHLANDS WATER SYSTEM ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- LAWN WATERING- odd or even address numbers will determine what days you may water your lawn. If your address ends in an odd number, you may water on odd numbered days. If your address ends in an even number, you may water on even numbered days. LIMITED HOURS ARE ALSO IN EFFECT ON YOUR ASSIGNED DAY. You may water from 6 AM until 9 AM or 6 PM to 9 PM. No one can water from 9 AM to 6 PM on any day.
- Washing of sidewalks/ driveways is prohibited.
- Flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, shrubs and trees may be watered using a hose with a handheld shut-off nozzle or other low-volume watering method. But the even/ odd day schedule still applies.
- Vehicles may be washed, but only with a bucket or hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
- Planting of ornamental vegetation, grass and sod by residents or landscapers is discouraged since watering restrictions are in effect. If circumstances warrant such activities (ex. new construction) and receive the Utility’s prior approval to water, then new sod or seed may be watered daily for the first 45 days only. You must notify the Water Department on the date of seed planting or sod install.
VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO FINES. If you have any questions or would like to report a violation, please contact the Water Utility at (973) 729-7133.
Response to Uranium Contamination Claims
The Sparta Water Utility is aware that a recent mailer from a law firm, alleging that there is Uranium contamination in Sparta Township’s public water system, is being distributed through the US Postal Service and it is creating concern amongst our customers. The water distributed through the Sparta Water Utility is 100% compliant with State Drinking Water Standards and is safe to consume.
In 2004, six (6) wells serving approximately 600 homes in the Byram/ Seneca Lake section of Sparta’s system tested positive for Uranium, an element that is naturally occurring. These wells were immediately taken out of service and Sparta’s sampling protocol and subsequent response to the test results complied with Drinking Water Regulations. The customers that were impacted by these wells received direct public notification eight (8) years ago when this issue arose. In addition, Sparta Township hosted a well-attended Public Information Meeting on March 24, 2004 at which time Sparta Personnel gave a presentation regarding the Uranium testing and the expedited actions being taken by the Township to address the situation. The Uranium wells have never been returned to service and no additional wells containing levels of Uranium that exceed the drinking water standards have been discovered since 2004.
A majority of our customers (nearly 6000 homes) were never impacted by the 2004 discovery. Many of the customers that have been contacted are located on a completely different water system.
The Sparta Water Utility strives to provide each customer with quality drinking water on a daily basis. Our Utility operation is strictly regulated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”). As stated above, our Water Utility is in compliance with the NJDEP regulations. If there was a health and safety issue regarding our drinking water that impacted your home, then the Sparta Water Utility would notify each impacted customer as required by law. Rest assured, the water delivered by the Sparta Water Utility is in compliance with the applicable drinking water standards. Therefore, there is no cause for alarm.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Sparta Township Water Utility at (973) 729-7133.
The Water Utility manages, operates and maintains wells,
storage tanks, distribution piping and fire hydrants within the Township.