Public Notices

Notice of Public Hearings Concerning Proposed Rates and Charges to be Effective July 1, 2019

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT in accordance with Section 1045-j (3) and 1045-j (9a) of the New York Public Authorities Law, on May 30, and June 4, 5, 10, and 11, 2019, the New York City Water Board (the Board) will hold public hearings concerning proposed rates and charges for the use of, or services furnished, rendered or made available by the water and wastewater system of the City of New York and changes to other rates, fees, charges and billing policies to be incorporated into the Board's Rate Schedule effective July 1, 2019.

Download the Rate Proposal Presentation - Fiscal Year 2020

The hearings will be held as follows:

Bronx Thursday,
May 30, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm
Public Hearing at 7:00pm
Hostos Community College
Savoy Building, 2nd Floor
120 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451
June 4, 2019
Doors open at 1:30pm
Public Hearing at 2:00pm
255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor
Room 8-S1S2
New York, NY 10007
Queens Wednesday,
June 5, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm
Public Hearing at 7:00pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. School (P721Q)
57-12 94th Street
Elmhurst, NY 11373
June 10, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm
Public Hearing at 7:00pm
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street, Founders Hall
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Staten Island
June 11, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm
Public Hearing at 7:00pm
Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY 10314


  1. For fiscal year 2020, which begins on July 1, 2019, the Board will consider an increase to its current metered and unmetered water rates and rate-based billing programs by a percentage not to exceed 2.31%, with no change made to the rate used to assess wastewater charges, which would remain at 159% of water charges.
  2. In addition, the Board will consider the following proposals:
    1. Minimum Charge: A freeze of the minimum charge for meter-billed customers at $0.49 per day for water service, plus wastewater charges of 159% of water charges.
    2. A fee of $1,000 to obtain a permit in connection with proposed drilling or excavation activity that is to a depth greater than fifty (50) feet below ground surface in the borough of the Bronx, or on or north of 135th Street in the borough of Manhattan, or greater than 100 feet in the borough of Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island or south of 135th Street in the borough of Manhattan, or to any depth within 200 feet horizontal distance of a water tunnel shaft.
    3. Exclusion of accounts with open Department of Environmental Protection violations from participating in billing programs listed in Section IV of the Board’s Rate Schedule, including, but not limited to, the Leak Forgiveness Program.
    4. Various clarifications to existing policies and procedures.

A hearing on the Regulated Rate for water supplied to users outside the City of New York will be announced in a subsequent, separate public notice.

All hearings are open to the public. Anyone may attend or register to speak at any borough hearing, regardless of the borough in which s/he resides or in which his/her property is located. Those who wish to testify at a hearing should contact the Board by email:, telephone: 718-595-3594, or mail: New York City Water Board, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 8th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, to register no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the hearing at which s/he wishes to testify. Oral testimony will be limited to five (5) minutes duration. A copy of any prepared or written statement may be submitted for the Board's consideration at the above email or mailing address by 5:00 p.m. on May 30, 2019.