Water bills heating up in Ocean County

Water bills in some Ocean County communities are on the rise.

United Water customers in Toms River, South Toms River and part of Berkeley Township will now be paying more than 19 percent extra on their water bills. United Water says the increase is directly related to infrastructure improvements needed to better service those customers.

The improvements were required by the state's Department of Environmental Protection.Some customers say they are working to find ways to work around the price hike. One resident News 12 New Jersey spoke with said he was using water from his dehumidifier in his basement to water his plants in order to keep his bill down.

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