December 17, 2021 – An agreement was entered today and filed with the Court between Middlesex Water Company and residents in the class action Vera et al. v. Middlesex Water Company.  In response to an Order to Show Cause filed by the law firms DeNittis Osefchen Prince, P.C. and Javerbaum Wurgraft, Middlesex Water Company entered into an agreement to implement an interim plan to obtain additional water from its primary surface water treatment plant and other sources, which will enable the Company to shut down the wells which tested above state limits for the new PFOA standard. The Park Avenue well field has now been shut down, and the Company is currently replacing that water supply with alternate sources that comply with all state and federal drinking water standards. In addition to shutting the PFOA-contaminated wells, Middlesex Water agreed to provide Vera’s counsel with contemporaneous notice of the results of its regularly-scheduled monitoring for PFOA. 

The class action complaint was filed by an Avenel resident, Tomas Vera, after receiving notice on October 23rd of the PFOA contamination.  Mr. Vera is represented by the law firms of DeNittis Osefchen Prince of Marlton and Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sininis of Voorhees, two law firms who are highly experienced in class actions. Speaking as to the agreement, Plaintiff’s co-counsel Stephen DeNittis Esquire stated:

“This is definitely a step in the right direction.  Hopefully these interim measures will eliminate the PFOA in the water supply affecting approximately 61,000 homes in Middlesex County. However, this does not fully resolve our lawsuit.  We are still seeking Middlesex Water Company to compensate customers who have incurred the expense of paying for consultations with doctors, bottled water, water filters, or similar costs incurred as recommended by Middlesex Water Company in the PFOA violation notices it sent out to its customers.  The water customers have no responsibility for the violation of PFOA water standards in their tap water, and it is not fair that these customers should have to bear such costs especially when they still are being billed and pay for their water from the Company.”