On May 1st, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection proposed a 2.31% increase to the water rate for Fiscal Year 2020. The increase is subject to approval by the New York City Water Board, which will hold a series of public hearing. If approved, the rate increase will go into effect on July 1, 2019.
Despite the proposed rate increase, water still costs less in New York City than in most of the country. Single family homeowners can expect to see an average increase of $1.82 on their monthly bills, and multi-family units will see an increase of around $1.35 per month. Additionally, the minimum charge of using less than 92 gallons of water per day will not increase. For the past six years, this rate has remained constant at $1.27 per day.
According to the DEP, the increased revenue will be used to fund critical drinking water and wastewater projects, as well as maintain existing affordability programs for low-income and multi-family properties.
If you have any thoughts or concerns, please participate in one of the following public hearings. This information is from and available on DEP’s website.
Thursday, May 30 at 7pm
Hostos Community College, Savoy Building, 2nd Floor
120 East 149th Street
Tuesday, June 4 at 2pm
255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor
Wednesday, June 5 and 7pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. School (P721Q)
57-12 94th Street
Monday, June 10 at 7pm
St. Francis College, Founders Hall
180 Remsen Street
Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm
Joan & Alan Berniknow Jewish Community Center
1466 Manor Road