May 28, 2002
Rate Increase for Fiscal Year 2003
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 1045-j(9-a) of
the Public Authorities Law, that after public hearings were held on April
17, 18 and 19, 2002, in accordance with the provisions of such law, the New
York City Water Board ( the "Board") has, at its meeting held on
May 3, 2002, adopted a resolution approving increases in water rates to users
of the Water Supply System of the City of New York, including rates charged
to users of the system within the City of New York, and rates charged to municipalities
and water districts outside of the City for water provided which exceeds the
allowance quantities of water set forth in Section 24-360 of the Administrative
Code of the City of New York, for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2002,
from those rates currently in effect, and making certain billing policy and
regulatory program changes, as follows:
Effective July 1, 2002, the water rate for all in-City customers, flat-rate
and metered, will increase by 6.5 % over the rate in effect in Fiscal Year
2002, and the wastewater rate will remain at 159% of the applicable water
Effective July 1, 2002, the rate charged for water provided to municipalities
and water districts outside of the City which exceeds the allowance quantities
of water set forth in Section 24-360 of the Administrative Code of the City
of New York will be equal to the in-City metered rate of $1,925.13 per million
Certain billing policy and regulatory programs have been changed or clarified,
including the following:
Termination of Service Because of Non-Payment
The termination of service eligibility criteria have been expanded as follows:
termination of service will be authorized if there exists: i) at least one
delinquent charge open and unpaid for at least one year and total delinquent
charges amounting to at least $1,000, or ii) at least one delinquent charge
open and unpaid for at least three months and total delinquent charges amounting
to at least $10,000.
(2) Denial of Access Regulation
This addition to the Rate Schedule and administrative procedure consists
of two parts: i) the imposition of a denial of access fee amounting to $50
after DEP has issued an appropriate demand for access notice and the owner
has failed to provide or facilitate access; and, ii) after the imposition
of the fee and the issuance by DEP of a second demand for access notice,
if the owner continues to fail to provide or facilitate access, DEP may
commence termination of service pursuant to the "Denial of Access Regulation."
Backbilling Limitation - Complaint Filing Period
The Board modified its backbilling limitation to provide a 4-year limitation
with respect to upwardly adjusting previously unbilled or underbilled charges.
This will provide consistency with a recently enacted State law mandating
a 4-year complaint filing period, a conforming change that was also made
in the Rate Schedule.
The Board authorized the Executive Director and the Commissioner to grant
a variance to the standard Payment Agreement terms of 25% down payment and
3 -year amortization.
Suspension of Leak Forgiveness Program During Drought Emergencies
The Board rejected making this change. Instead, it will instruct DEP to
conform administration of the program to the existing language of the regulation
which is more restrictive than current administrative practice.
Copies of the New York City Water Board Water and Wastewater Rate Schedule
are available for inspection by the public during regular business hours at
the offices of the New York City Water Board, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 8th
Floor, Flushing, New York 11373.