June 3, 2005
Board: Water Rate Increase for Fiscal Year 2006
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT pursuant
to Section 1045-j (9) of the Public Authorities Law, that after public
hearings were held on May 2, 3 and 4, 2005, in accordance with the provisions
of such law, the New York City Water Board (the “Board”)
has, at its meeting held on May 13, 2005, adopted a resolution approving
increases in water rates to users of the Water Supply System of the City
of New York, for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2005, from those
rates currently in effect, and making certain customer service and billing
policy changes, as follows:
I. There will be a change from currently effective water and
wastewater rates for services provided during the fiscal year commencing
July 1, 2005.
- Metered and unmetered water rates will increase by 3%.
- 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,
of $2,205.88 per million gallons.
II. There will also be changes to certain billing policies
and miscellaneous fees and charges.
- Comprehensive Water Reuse Program – The Board will extend this
program to include graywater as well as blackwater systems.
- Renovation Bill Cap Program – The Board will discontinue this
- Title Meter Readings and Special Meter Readings – The Board
will reduce the fee for title meter readings conducted in connection
with property ownership transfers to $25, and will increase the fee
for a Special Meter Reading, requested by an owner and unconnected
with a property transfer, from $55 to $75.
- 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 will also be extended by one year.
- Transition Program for Residential Premises with Six or More Dwelling
Units – This program will be modified to exclude new construction
from program eligibility. All new construction will 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 equipped with at least 70% low-consumption
- Forgiveness Program for Extraordinary Leaks and Disasters – The
minimum annualized threshold value used to determine program eligibility
will be increased from $300 to $380 to account for previously adopted
- 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
- 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
- If a meter is not registering, meter billing will be
prospective only from the date a working meter is installed
and approved by DEP
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, NY 11373.