Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                          Date of Report: August 21, 2002

                             MIDDLESEX WATER COMPANY
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

         NEW JERSEY                     0-422              22-1114430
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  (State or other jurisdiction of     (Commission       (I.R.S. Employer
 incorporation or organization)       File Number)       Identification No.)

            1500 RONSON ROAD, P.O. BOX 1500, ISELIN, NEW JERSEY 08830
          (Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

                                  732 634-1500
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

                            Middlesex Water Company

Middlesex Water Company

Item 5.   Other Events

Walter G. Reinhard, a partner in the Law Firm of Norris, McLaughlin and Marcus
of Bridgewater, NJ, has been elected a Director of the Company, effective
September 1, 2002.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                              MIDDLESEX WATER COMPANY

                              /S/ Marion F. Reynolds
                              Marion F. Reynolds
                              Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer