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May 16, 2007

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New York City Water Board Regulation No. 1 Summary of Proposed Changes

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the New York City Water Board (the “Board”) is considering additions and revisions to its Regulation No. 1, which would expand and modify the “Reimbursable Metering Program” currently in effect.

The Reimbursable Metering Program (“RMP”) allows owners of unmetered properties with outdated or malfunctioning water meters the opportunity to have meters installed/replaced by licensed master plumbers of their own choosing, and to receive reimbursement from the Board.  Reimbursement is in the form of a credit to the property’s water/wastewater account which can be applied against current or future bills or may be refunded to those customers who are eligible and so request.  The credit is equal to the scheduled amount or the actual amount paid to a plumber for each type and size meter installed or replaced, whichever is less.  The proposed changes include the following:

  1. Increases in the scheduled reimbursement amounts for several of the meter sizes and types which have not been changed since 1999;
  2. Addition of scheduled reimbursement amounts for several new categories and/or sizes of meter repairs, replacements and installations;
  3. Requirement that the applicant submit the reimbursement documentation within 30 calendar days of completion of the meter work;
  4. Requirement that an owner application/certification form be submitted with the meter permit application;
  5. Conforming changes to reflect proposed amendments to RCNY §20, primarily the extension of the permit return deadline to five business days;
  6. Proposal that minor changes in RMP guidelines and reimbursement amounts in the future may be effected by Board resolution rather than formal rule change;
  7. Minor updates and editorial changes to the RMP booklet.

Specific details, including the rules, guidelines, forms, and reimbursement schedule are provided in DEP’s “Reimbursable Metering Program” booklet.  Copies of the booklet with the proposed changes can be downloaded from http://nyc.gov/html/dep/html/water_and_sewer_bills/propmgmt.html or by contacting James Gallagher, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Metering/Conservation Unit, 96-05 Horace Harding Expressway, 1st Floor, Flushing, NY 11368-5107, (718) 595-4701 or jgallagher@dep.nyc.gov.

Members of the public who wish to comment on the proposed changes to the Water Board may do so in writing to Kevin Kunkle, New York City Water Board, 59-17 Junction Blvd., 8th Floor, Flushing, NY 11368-5107, (718) 595-3601 or kkunkle@dep.nyc.gov. Deadline for the submission of comments is June 11, 2007. Following the period allowed for public comment, a proposal concerning the changes will be submitted to the New York City Water Board for consideration at a Special Meeting in June 2007.

 

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