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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE10-88

September 19, 2010

CONTACT:

Farrell Sklerov  (718) 595-6600

DEP to Kick Off Customer Outreach Meetings

Events Are An Opportunity To Help Customers Save Money and Manage Their Bills More Easily


Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway today announced a series of community meetings that will help the public learn more about DEP's new and existing customer service initiatives. In 2010, DEP launched a number of programs that can either help reduce water and sewer bills or provide financial assistance to those in need, including online wireless meter reading, the Water Debt Assistance Program, and a 2% discount for customers who pay by direct debit. In addition to these programs, DEP customer service representatives will be available to assist with other bill payment options and issues.

"DEP is working hard to give our customers the tools and support they need to make smart decisions about their water use," said Commissioner Holloway. "This summer, Mayor Bloomberg launched online wireless meter reading, which will revolutionize how DEP's 835,000 customers can monitor their water use and manage their bills. And we have launched a number of other initiatives to help people struggling to make their payments. These meetings will help ensure that our customers are aware of all of their options and take full advantage of them. We are committed to our customers, and that means being as transparent, responsive and efficient as possible."

In addition to customer service representatives who will be on hand at the meetings to answer specific questions about individual accounts, individuals unable to attend can contact DEP at (718) 595-7000 or visit DEP's website at www.nyc.gov/dep.

The dates and locations for each meeting are as follows:

Co-sponsor:

Council Member Leroy G. Comrie

Date:

Monday, September 20

Time:

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:

York College Small Theater

94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard

Jamaica, NY 11451

 

Co-sponsor:

Council Member Oliver Koppell

Date:

Tuesday, September 21

Time:

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:

Riverdale Y

5625 Arlington Avenue

Off Riverdale Avenue at 256th Street

Bronx, NY 10471

 

Co-sponsor:

Office of the late Council Member Thomas White Jr.

Date:

Friday, September 24

Time:

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:

Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center

123-10 143rd Street, near Rockaway Boulevard

Jamaica, NY 11436

 

Co-sponsor:

Council Member Lew Fidler

Date:

Wednesday, October 6

Time:

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:

Kings Bay Y

3495 Nostrand Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11229

Additional meetings being planned will be posted on www.nyc.gov/dep as they are finalized.

DEP manages the City’s water supply, providing more than 1 billion gallons of water each day to more than 9 million residents, including 8 million in New York City. Approximately 7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses and 7,400 miles of sewer lines take wastewater to 14 in-City treatment plants. DEP also manages storm water throughout the City and ensures that the City’s facilities comply with the Clean Water Act, and other federal, state and local rules and regulations

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NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600