More than 3 million New Jersey residents would have to pay higher water bills if rate hikes proposed by two water companies are approved.

The companies, New Jersey American Water and United Water are seeking rate hikes of 15 and 25 percent to pay for infrastructure upgrades and maintenance.

Want to sound off?  New Jersey American Water customers can comment on the proposal at two company-hosted meetings today at 2 pm at the Ocean City Public Library and 7 pm at Westhampton Municipal Building.

On December 14th, two more meetings will be held at 2 pm at the Howell Township municipal offices and 7 pm at Westfield Memorial Library.

The state Board of Public Utilities must approve all requests for a rate increase.