One year ago, I lamented the fact that the Water Board had not kept its 20 year old promise to eliminate frontage. It just changed the program name from Frontage to Multifamily Conservation Program (MCP) . MCP is a “Green” name. It even has the word Conservation in it. At that time I acknowledged that the MCP had one advantage over frontage and that was the DEP requirement that owners repair all leaks and install low flow water fixtures in 2015.
Well, the Water Board’s new rate schedule will roll back the compliance date to 2016. Property owners can safely stay on the MCP program without taking any conservation measures for three more years. If past performance is any indication of things to come, the City will most likely extend the deadline for compliance each time it approaches. Unfortunately, nothing will change until NYC is faced with a drought and then it will be too late to accomplish anything.
Long Live Frontage a.k.A. MCP.