March 31, 2003
Hearings on Proposed Rates and Changes
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT in accordance with Section
1045-j(3) of the Public Authorities Law, public hearings will be held
on April 22, 23 and 24, 2003, concerning proposed rates and charges to
be effective July 1, 2003, for the use of, or services furnished, rendered
or made available in New York City by the Water and Wastewater System
of the City of New York (the "System") and concerning changes
to certain billing policies and miscellaneous fees and charges to be incorporated
into the New York City Water Board's Rate Schedule effective July 1, 2003.
The hearings will be held as follows:
||College of Staten Island
Center for the Arts, Recital Hall
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, New York 10314
April 22, 2003
||Brooklyn Public Library
1st Floor Auditorium
Brooklyn, New York 11201
April 22, 2003
||Department of Environmental Protection
Lecture Room, 6th Floor
59-17 Junction Boulevard
Flushing, New York 11373
April 23, 2003
||St. John's University - Manhattan
2nd Floor Auditorium
101 Murray Street
New York, New York 10007
April 23, 2003
||Herbert H. Lehman College
Carman Hall, Rm. B-08
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, New York 10468
April 24, 2003
- It is anticipated that there will be a change from currently effective
water and wastewater rates for services provided during the fiscal year
commencing July 1, 2003.
- Metered and unmetered water rates will increase by 6.5%.
- The minimum charge for water and wastewater services may be reduced
by approximately 15%.
- The regulated rate for water provided to municipalities and water
districts outside of the City which does not exceed the allowance
quantities set forth in Section 24-360 of the Administrative Code
of the City of New York will increase by 12% to $544.00 per million
gallons, and 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, currently anticipated to be $2,045.45 per million gallons.
- It is also anticipated that changes to certain billing policies and
miscellaneous fees and charges will be considered.
- Multiple Family Conservation Program (MCP) Application Extension
- the deadline for filing an application for the MCP, currently
set forth as 12/31/03, will be extended by one year to 12/31/04.
Other billing programs due to expire 06/30/04 also will be extended
by one year.
- The standard sewer allowance for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
(Cooling Towers) will be reduced from 99% to 85%.
- Sewer use fees for miscellaneous sewer discharges (Dewatering)
will be restructured.
- A minimum charge of $300 will be applied to all approved
- A rate of 38% of water charges will be applied to discharges
that will not flow to a wastewater treatment plant.
- Selected Miscellaneous Fees for services will be revised as follows:
- Tap installation fee will be increased from $115 to $250;
- Tap location fee will be increased from $150 to $375;
- Hydrant flow test fee will be increased from $150 to $250;
- Wet connection fees will be revised to reflect a flat rate
of $1,200 for labor and OTPS.
- Eligibility for Billing Programs will be revised by modifying
Part VI of the Board's Rate Schedule to provide that eligibility
for discretionary billing programs will be conditioned on a premises
account being paid current or a valid payment agreement being executed.
- Requirements for Letters of Authorization will be revised to
establish time limits and expiration dates for valid owner designations
of an Authorized Representative.
- The Board's Back Billing Limitation Policy will be revised to:
- Provide that the reinstatement of so called "erroneously
canceled" or "erroneously adjusted" charges will
be subject to applicable back billing limitations; and,
- Iterate that backbilling limitations do not apply in cases
of billing adjustments involving multiple bills and multiple
billing periods provided that the total rebilling that results
from the billing adjustment is less than the total amount that
was billed prior to such billing adjustment.
- The Regular Bill Cap and Renovation Bill Cap Programs will be
revised to specify:
- Program will not be available to properties with substantial
- Program will not be available for multifamily buildings with
six or more units.
- The Board's Innocent Purchaser Program will be revised to provide
that a purchaser will be protected against previously unbilled charges
if a special or final meter reading is requested and paid for at
least 30 days prior to the closing date of the property transfer,
but that the program will not apply where DEP is denied access to
All members of the public who wish to obtain copies of the Water Board's
Information Booklet describing the proposed rates, and changes to billing
policies and miscellaneous fees and charges, or who wish to testify at
a hearing should contact Kevin Kunkle, New York City Water Board, 59-17
Junction Boulevard, 8th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Telephone (718) 595-3601
not later than April 17, 2003. Oral testimony will be limited to five
(5) minutes duration. A copy of any prepared or written statement may
be submitted for consideration by the Water Board to the above address
by the close of business April 25, 2003.