Water Watch NYC

Everything you need to know about water in NYC.

Frontage is Dead — Long Live the MCP Program


Water Conservation – The big loser in the 2012 Water & Sewer Rates Proposal.

There are two primary methods to bill for water and sewer in NYC. The first method is “Metered Billing” under which the size of one’s bill is solely based upon consumption. The more water consumed the more you pay. If you conserve water you realize an immediate saving.  The second method is Flat Rate billing in which you pay a fixed fee based upon certain characteristics of your building. Once you fee is fixed you can use as much water as you wish without incurring any additional cost. The two most prevalent Flat Rate billing methods in NYC are Frontage and the Multifamily Conservation Program (MCP). Under frontage you pay for the width of the front of your property (hence the name Frontage), height of the building, number of apartments, number of plumbing fixtures and other physical attributes, and under the MCP program you pay per apartment.

For as long as I can remember conservationist have been urging the NYC Water Board to eliminate frontage billing. Experience has shown that homeowners  will reduce their consumption if they  are forced to pay for what they use. The Water Board agreed with this in principle, and  back in the 1990s they mailed out letters to all customers stating that frontage would end in two years. Customers were urged to install meters and repair their leaks or face large bills. At the last moment the Water Board had cold feet and pushed off the deadline for another two years. The pattern kept repeating itself for over a decade. Finally in 2010 the Water Board said they were serious and Frontage would end in 2012. When members of the Water Board were asked why anyone should believe that 2012 would be different, they pointed out that Mayor Bloomberg was a lame duck and serious about conservation.

Well they are finally doing it. On March 30 the Water Board announced the end of frontage.  Bloomberg is good as his word. There is, however, one caveat: Everyone on frontage will be moved to the Multifamily Conservation Program. The rate for the MCP program will be the average of all frontage rates. In short all that has been accomplished with fourteen years of conservation lobbying is a change in the name of the flat rate billing program!

To be honest the program will require all building on the MCP program to install Water Sense Plumbing Fixtures and repair any leaks. This should result in some savings. The problem is that there is no motivation for anyone to continue repairing their leaks unless you believe the DEP when they say that they will be monitoring your consumption and throw you off the program if they detect leaks.

I never believed that the DEP would eliminate frontage. There are just too many reasons to keep billing on fixed rates. Fixed rate bills are generally paid on time by the mortgagee while metered bills are paid by the homeowners and chronically late. Furthermore: fixed rate bills are paid a year in advance. But most important is it really fair to ask property owners to pay fluctuating bills caused by their tenant’s consumption while maintaining fixed rate Rent Stabilization?

Author: Hershel

Hershel is a Water Management Engineer with Ashokan Water Services, where he's actively involved with conservation and building design issues. Prior to his Ashokan, he was with the City of New York. He is a former President of the New York chapter of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and is a member of AWWA, NYARM and BOMA. Hershel is an avid kayaker.

43 thoughts on “Frontage is Dead — Long Live the MCP Program

  1. Sad how people only think about conservation only when its nessasary. Bloomberg thought it was. Check this out.

    • Foxhall is a beautiful venue. I rnceetly got married there in the newly enclosed Grand Pavilion and it was a fabulous experience. The staff at Foxhall Resort are amazing!! Overall a perfect experience. I highly suggest you visit.

  2. Lee, It’s a completely dirnfeeft product. No, it is not on the river, but it is on a lake with no visible neighbors Unlike Dean Gardens, This is a timeless and classic estate property. In it’s current form, this is a move-in condition private estate. Dean Gardens was a tear down. The potential for this property is vastly superior because of its location 5 minutes from Downtown Alpharetta, 5 minutes from Windward Parkway, etc It could be developed, unlike Dean Gardens (no thanks to the good folks in CCOS) or it could be an equestrian estate.The detail, design and attention to detail are something that I wish every home could be built with.

  3. …and along with continued rising property taxes (despite a continued reession), high unemployment and high insurance rates, how does NYC intend to keep middle class folks living in NYC? Who is going to keep paying for all the 3rd world riff-raff who not contributing anything ?

  4. What’s up there…. I developed a amazing Seo optimization program that can rank any
    online site in practically any sector (regardless
    of whether it’s a competitive niche including acai berry) to
    rank easily. Bing and google can’t figure out since we employ one of a kind ways to avoid footprints.
    Will you be interested to undertake it without charge?

  5. What’s up, I wish for to subscribe for this web site to obtain most recent updates,
    therefore where can i do it please help out.

  6. Hello, Neat post. There is an issue together with your
    site in web explorer, might test this? IE nonetheless is the market leader and a huge part of people will leave out your excellent writing
    due to this problem.

  7. always i used to read smaller content that also clear their motive, and that is also happening with this piece of writing which I am
    reading now.

  8. This design is wicked! You obviously know how
    to keep a reader amused. Betwee your wit and your videos, I was almjost moved to stwrt my own blog (well,
    almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. Ireally loved what you had
    to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  9. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.
    I’ll be sjre to bookmark it and come back to read more oof your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely return.

  10. You really make it appear so easy with your presentation but I to find this topic to be really something that I believe I might by no means understand.
    It sort of feels too complicated and very wide for me.

    I’m looking forward to your subsequent publish, I will
    try to get the grasp of it!

  11. After choosing the best and most targeted keywords for your
    web pages, there are more ways to hhelp the robots index your
    site and you should use them all, but not over use them.
    Though not all SEO specialists are not of the same level, SEO managers or SEO Supervisors are there to assist them and review
    ther work. They sometikmes create multiple variations
    of the same tag for the same article, the way yoou might usee meta keywords.

  12. Only behind will be the easily accessible Experience-Detect and Drive-Mode buttons occupying prime actual-estate.

    All we ought to do should be to ignite the concealed genius inside
    us. With that being said, I would still love to be able
    to visit Cuba.

  13. Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization? I’m
    trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good
    success. If you know of any please share.

  14. This is the best fotografi matrimonio napoli in this world.
    Even though you might be the seller of the goods,
    and shipping them to the customer, the customer mindshare is Amazons.
    Children and grandchildren can be shown the photographs of the wedding ceremony.

  15. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.
    I do not know who you are but definitely you’re going to
    a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

  16. Great info. Lucky me I came across your blog by chance (stumbleupon).
    I have saved as a favorite for later!

  17. With havin so much content do you ever run into any
    problems of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of unique content I’ve
    either authored myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the
    web without my authorization. Do you know any techniques to help stop content from being stolen?
    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  18. If they had a specific name that the news company had been calling them, adding that name to the article that is optimizing
    the search is a great way to gain potential customers. You have a website
    and you have been dealing with many SEO services
    for quite some time and you found out that no matter how hardworking you are and
    no matter how hard you try to handle such situation, your site is still
    not ranking well on the search engines. Some easy ways of doing this include
    niche forum marketing, Facebook, Twitter and social bookmarking
    your content.

  19. Excellent blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost
    on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
    Any tips? Appreciate it!

  20. Good post but I was wanting to know if you
    could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful
    if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thanks!

  21. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I to find It truly helpful & it helped
    me out a lot. I am hoping to present one thing back and help others such as
    you helped me.

  22. I just like the valuable information you supply in your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again right here frequently.
    I am reasonably sure I will be informed lots of new stuff proper here!
    Good luck for the next!

  23. Awesome! Its truly awesome article, I have got much clear
    idea on the topic of from this paragraph.

  24. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme
    in our community. Your website offered us with valuable info to work on.
    You’ve done a formidable job and our whole community will be
    grateful to you.

  25. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find
    most of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for.
    can you offer guest writers to write content in your case?

    I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on a few of the subjects you write
    in relation to here. Again, awesome site!

  26. Getting competitors by using currently current whatsapp hacken greater dallas area businesses that watch out for a mark to the on-line
    planet relating to net.

  27. Right away I am going to do my breakfast, once
    having my breakfast coming yet again to read additional news.

  28. I think this is one of the most important information for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on some general things, The website style is perfect, the articles is really excellent
    : D. Good job, cheers

  29. Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger,
    and I was wondering your situation; many of us have created some nice methods and we are looking to swap methods with other folks, be
    sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  30. If some one needs expert view on the topic of blogging afterward i recommend him/her to pay a
    visit this blog, Keep up the nice job.

  31. After I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and
    from now on each time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment.
    Is there a means you are able to remove me from
    that service? Many thanks!

  32. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up!

    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back down the road.

  33. Do you have any video of that? I’d like to find out more

  34. In order for one to input the codes each note needs to be strummed.
    Also, a caught candy changed together with still another wrapped candy may fire a 6
    by just four square. Particularly, in the event the online game is totally new, plus your
    pc looks her age, you will be unhappy if you do not
    verify initially.

  35. What’s up friends, how is the whole thing, and what you wish for to say
    regarding this paragraph, in my view its truly amazing in favor
    of me.

  36. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I
    stumbleupon on a daily basis. It’s always interesting to read articles from other authors
    and practice something from their websites.

  37. Now Barnes sat on both sides continued strong performance, given the small forward problem solution.
    Buy Air Jordan http://www.firedupcareer.com/onfootlocker/

  38. Google’s constant update is an effort to give the searchers the most relevant and updated information when they search on any topic.
    At the beginning of the search engine optimisation process,
    your SEO company should have researched and discussed your critical keyword phrases with you.
    To get an idea of how the SEO report look like,
    you can request them to provide you with a sample.

  39. So this means that James Russell is pictured three days $18.
    They will make boston limousine tthe lifestyle of just our performance again, eastern Massachusetts, it was a fun andd
    one lot for two draft choices. Brushing Teeth,
    Bathing, and historical places, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
    While one used to achieve this by gathering informztion about our markets, wwe continue to invest $150 million will
    be a great mood.

  40. What’s up mates, its wonderful paragraph regarding cultureand
    completely explained, keep it up all the time.

  41. They know that tney are in safely and effectively. Put in place before
    a house as they rely on either side of the miami politics main questions residents are bothered bby pigeons,
    squiirrels and chipmunks. Once a rodent miami politics infdestation is vey important for you or your
    shoe or to agricultural field.

  42. When selecting shoes it is very important take every one of these issues into account to make sure players can get the ideal basketball shoes for the appropriate price.
    The shoe also uses the ever functional high top design to provide good ankle support and prevent rollovers which are one of the more common sources of basketball injuries.
    Yet other data-gathering projects that command access
    onto personal belongings that is not specially allowed by law.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 74 other followers