May 19, 1999
Water Board: Delinquent Charges and Termination of Services
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT in accordance with Section 1045-h(8) and 1045-j(5) of the New York Public Authorities Law, a public hearing will be held on the date and at the place specified below, concerning the adoption by the New York City Water Board (the "Board") of a proposed regulation governing the discontinuance of water supply and or sewer services because of nonpayment and concerning a revision to the policy under Part V, Section 6 of the Board's Water and Wastewater Rate Schedule, relating to Back Billing Limits.
Summary of Proposed Regulation: The proposed regulation, which if adopted would take effect on July 1, 1999, is intended to authorize the New York City Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") to terminate water and sewer services to customers because of nonpayment of assessed charges. The proposed regulation sets forth the conditions under which DEP may terminate service, the notice requirements to which DEP shall adhere, the days of the week and times of day during which DEP may terminate service, special procedures to be followed in the case of medical emergencies and the procedures for avoiding service termination by making payment of, or entering into an installment agreement covering, all delinquent charges.
The regulation is intended to assist in the collection of delinquent water and sewer charges and to benefit water and sewer ratepayers by improving system collection rates. It will provide the Board with a further mechanism — the ability to terminate service — to enforce collection of such charges. While fully intended to supplement (and not to replace) the Board's other rights and remedies in the event of nonpayment, the ability to terminate service is a useful mechanism to secure payment of delinquent charges. Most water utilities have shut-off regulations as an integral part of their enforcement policy. Water utilities with high collection rates tend to use shut-offs more frequently than utilities with lower rates.
Members of the public wishing to obtain a copy of the proposed regulation should contact Kevin Kunkle, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 8th Floor, Corona, NY 11368, (718) 595-3601.
Summary of Proposed Revision to the Policy Relating to Back Billing: The proposed revision, which if adopted would take effect on July 1, 1999, provides for the following: the Board's policy which authorizes back billing of unbilled or under billed accounts will be revised to a uniform 2 years for all customers instead of the current policy of 2 years for residential and 6 years for commercial accounts.
Hearing: A hearing on the proposed regulation and/or back billing policy revision will be held on June 17, 1999, at 5:30 P.M., at The College of Insurance, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 101 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007.
Members of the public wishing to testify at the above hearing should contact Kevin Kunkle, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 8th Floor, Corona, NY 11368, (718) 595-3601 not later than Tuesday, June 15, 1999. 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, c/o Mr. Kunkle at the above address at least two (2) days prior to the hearing.