Sewer Utility / Water Pollution Control Facility

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Water & Sewer - Fees, Rates, Bill Pay &Account Change 

Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program

The State Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) can help you pay arrears for your water and sewer bills. The program may also be able to help address tax liens due to water and sewer arrears. 

To get more information and apply, go to or call NJ211. 

Sewer Line Backups

It is the property owner's responsibility to keep the sewer lateral clear and if there is a backup they have to clear the lateral. This includes the entire length of the sewer lateral from the house to the sewer main, regardless of if a portion of the lateral is in the street. It is the Township's responsibility to clear a backup in the sewer main located in the street (or an easement).   

If it is determined there is a problem with the sewer lateral pipe itself, such as a catastrophic pipe failure, which requires excavation to repair and that problem is in the street, it is the Township's responsibility to make these repairs. A problem with the sewer lateral pipe requiring excavation behind the curb is the homeowner's responsibility to repair. If the entirety of the lateral is behind the curb going to an easement, then no portion of the lateral is the Township's responsibility. 

If a backup in the main line is suspected, call 973-535-7951 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After Hours call the Livingston Police Department at 973-992-3000, press 4. The Township will not clear private sewer lateral backups, and those issues should be referred to a qualified professional such as a plumber.

FOG (Fat, Oil & Grease)

Are you setting up your home for a sewer disaster? Read about fat, oil, and grease disposal (PDF).

Sewer Dos & Don’ts

Find out what you can flush or put down the drain (PDF) and what belongs in the trash can!

Utility Service Line Ownership & New Utility Connections

Water Pollution Control Facility

The Livingston Township Sewer Utility is responsible for treating almost all sewage generated by the Township. The Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) is the wastewater treatment plant for the Township and only serves Livingston Township. The WPCF is a tertiary treatment plant which generates effluent — or outflow — of a very high quality which helps to safeguard the environment. Treated sewage commonly has over 98% of its suspended solids and over 99% of its 5-Day BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) removed before it is discharged into the Passaic River. 

After water is treated and discharged from our facility, it’s actually of a much higher quality than the river water. That makes it cleaner than the river it joins. That means a safer and healthier environment for local aquatic ecology and underlying groundwater.

Sewer Collection System

The Sewer Utility is also responsible for the sewer collection system, 137 miles of sanitary sewer pipes that run through Livingston. There are over 4,000 manholes in town to provide access to the sewer lines for repairs and maintenance. There is a separate storm water collection that serves to direct rainfall away from the streets via catch basins and storm drains during rain events. These systems are not combined or connected in any way.

Lift Stations

There are also 7 lift stations (also called pump stations) that help convey wastewater to the treatment plant every day. Lift stations help transport wastewater by first elevating it and then letting it flow down through the system by gravity. This provides a much more economical solution than installing pumps within the system itself in order to move the fluid.

Other Water Resources