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About DEP Water Rates

On June 22, 2016, the Manhattan Supreme Court invalidated the Water Board’s resolution approving a new Rate Schedule set to go into place July 1, 2016. The Court’s ruling was upheld in February by a split decision of the State Appellate Division’s First Department. The Water Board and DEP continue to believe that they acted in the best interest of their customers and in accordance with the law and are, therefore, seeking to appeal this decision.

What does this mean for you?

  1. All water and sewer bills issued after July 1st, 2016 are valid and must be paid by the listed due date.
  2. Water and sewer rates will remain the same pending the outcome of the appeal.
  3. At this time, Tax Class 1 property owners (1, 2, and 3 family homes) will not receive the $183 water rate credit as previously announced.
  4. The court ruling prevents DEP from implementing other previously announced initiatives including:
  • Expansion of the Home Water Assistance Program. The new Rate Schedule would have expanded the Home Water Assistance Program to allow for thousands more senior homeowners who make less than $50,000 per year to receive an annual credit on their water bills of $118.32. For now, the program will remain limited to those senior and disabled homeowners who make less than $37,500 per year and the annual credit will remain $115.89.
  • Creation of the Multi-family Water Assistance Program. The new Rate Schedule would have provided a $250 credit to as many as 40,000 affordable housing units which meet certain requirements. For now, we will not be able to offer this credit.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact DEP at
(718) 595-7000 or email