April 11, 2005
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 May 2, 3 and 4, 2005, concerning proposed rates and charges
to be effective July 1, 2005, for the use of, or services furnished,
rendered or made available 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,
2005. The hearings will be held as follows:
Department of Environmental Protection
Lecture Room, 6th Floor
59-17 Junction Boulevard
Flushing , NY 11373
May 2, 2005
College of Staten Island
Center for the Arts, Recital Hall
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island , NY 10314
May 2, 2005
Student Center-Alumni Lounge, Rm. 409
(opposite Whitehead Hall)
East 27 th Street and Campus
Brooklyn , NY 11210
May 3, 2005
Herbert H. Lehman College
Carman Hall, Rm. B-39
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx , NY 10468
May 4, 2005
St. John's University - Manhattan
101 Murray Street
New York , NY 10007
May 4, 2005
- It is anticipated that there will be a change from currently
effective water rates and wastewater charges for services provided
during the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2005.
- Metered and unmetered water rates will increase by
- Wastewater charges will remain at 159% of water charges.
- 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 not more than 9.3% to $646.09 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 $2,205.88 per
- It is also anticipated that changes to certain billing policies
and miscellaneous fees and charges will be considered.
- Comprehensive Water Reuse Program – The
Board proposes to extend this program to include
graywater as well as blackwater systems.
- Renovation Bill Cap Program – The Board
will consider discontinuing this program in its
entirety or in the alternative respecifying program
requirements to reincorporate omissions from the
current version of the Rate Schedule, including
but not limited to the age of eligible renovations,
the duration of the program and the replacement
- Title Meter Readings, Flat-rate Reconciliations
and Special Meter Readings – The Board will
eliminate fees for title meter readings and flat-rate
account reconciliations conducted in connection
with property ownership transfers, and will increase
the fee for a Special Meter Reading, requested
by an owner and unconnected with a property transfer,
from $55 to $115.
- Laundry Rate – The Board will establish
an additional laundry fixture rate for clothes
washing machines located within an individual apartment
unit of $26.47 per fixture.
- Multiple Family Conservation Program (MCP) -
The deadline for filing an application for the
MCP, currently set forth as December 31, 2005,
will be extended by one year to December 31, 2006.
Other billing programs due to expire June 30, 2006
also will be extended by one year.
- Transition Program for Residential Premises with
Six or More Dwelling Units – This program
shall be modified to exclude new construction from
program eligibility. All new construction should
be billed on the basis of metered consumption or
on the MCP rate.
- Cap on Metered Charges – Eligibility for
this program will be limited to properties entirely
equipped with low-flow toilets.
- Forgiveness Program for Extraordinary Leaks and
Disasters – The minimum annualized threshold
value used to determine program eligibility will
be increased from $300 to $381.04 to account for
previously adopted rate increases.
- Billing Program Requests - Part VI Section 1.D
will be modified by requiring that all Billing
Program requests must be in writing and requests
will no longer be accepted over the phone or by
visiting a borough office.
- Existing Board and Department of Environmental
Protection (“DEP”) policies and procedures
will be reiterated in the Rate Schedule to provide
a more complete source of information to the Board’s
customers including the following:
- Exemptions – the existing statutory authorization
of and DEP’s administrative policies and procedures
for implementing exemptions will be incorporated by reference
into the Board’s Rate Schedule.
- Forgiveness Program for Extraordinary Leaks and Disasters – a
failure of a maintainable plumbing fixture such as a toilet
or faucet is not an extraordinary leak or disaster and
will not be eligible for the program.
- Part VII Section 3 – Billing based on a representative
average daily flow may be calculated based on a representative
period occurring prior to or after failure of the meter
as reasonably determined by DEP.
- Part VII Section 4 – Estimated bills, if not paid
when due, are subject to late payment charges.
- Election of Meter Based Billing
- Election must be made on a DEP Election of Meter
Based Billing Form
- If a meter is not registering, meter billing will
be prospective only from the date a working meter
is installed and approved by DEP.
All members of the public who wish to obtain copies of the Board's Information
Booklet describing the rate proposal, and changes to billing policies
and miscellaneous fees and charges, or who wish to testify at the 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 28, 2005. Oral testimony will be limited to five (5)
minutes duration. A copy of any prepared or written statement may be
submitted to the Water Board at the above address at least two days prior
to the meeting.
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs
59-17 Junction Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11373