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May 29, 2003

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Water Board: Water Rate Increase for Fiscal Year 2004

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 22, 23 and 24, 2003, in accordance with the provisions of such law, the New York City Water Board ( the ?Board?) has, at its meeting held on May 5, 2003, adopted a resolution approving increases in water rates to users of the Water Supply and Wastewater Systems of the City of New York, for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2003, and making certain customer service and billing policy changes, as follows:

  1. There will be a change from currently effective water and wastewater rates for services provided during the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2003.
    1. Effective July 1, 2003, the water rates for all in-City customers, flat-rate and metered, will increase by 5.5%, subject to rounding to the nearest whole penny. In particular, the metered rate will increase from $1.44 to $1.52 per 100 cubic feet. The wastewater rate will remain at 159% of the applicable water charge.
    2. The minimum charge for water service will be reduced from $0.22 per day to $0.20 per day.
  2. There will also be changes to certain billing policies and miscellaneous fees and charges.
    1. The deadline for filing an application for the Multiple Family Conservation Program, currently set forth as December 31, 2003, will be extended by one year to December 31, 2004. In addition, other billing programs due to expire on June 30, 2004 will also be extended by one year.
    2. The standard sewer allowance for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (Cooling Towers) will be reduced from 99% to 85%.
    3. Fees for miscellaneous sewer discharges (including dewatering) will be restructured. All approved discharges will be charged the greater of: a) $300, or b) if the discharge is introduced into a sanitary or combined sewer and could flow to a treatment plant, 159% of the amount that would be imposed if the discharge originated from system supplied water, or c) if the discharge is introduced into a storm sewer or other facility such that it does not receive treatment services, 38% of the amount that would be imposed if the discharge originated from system supplied water.
    4. Selected Miscellaneous Fees for services will be increased 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.
    5. Eligibility for Discretionary Billing Programs will be revised by modifying Part VI of the Board?s Rate Schedule to require that eligibility will be conditioned on a property?s account being paid current or a valid payment agreement being executed.
    6. Requirements for Letters of Authorization will be revised to require that the letter must state a specific end date or DEP will deem it to expire one year from the date of notarization.
    7. The Board?s Back Billing Limitation Policy will be revised to:
      • Provide that ?erroneously canceled? charges cannot be reinstated after four years have elapsed since the cancellation or adjustment; and,
      • Iterate that backbilling limitations will not apply to specific bills contained within a longer period for which a billing adjustment is made provided that the total amount re-billed is less than the total amount billed prior to the adjustment.
    8. 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, provided that DEP is not denied access to the property.

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.

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