April 27, 2016
By Tara Jessup
New York, NY – New York City is providing a $183 summer credit on the water and sewer bills to over 664,000 homeowners, in keeping with the City's efforts to ensure bills stay as low as possible. The 664,000 homeowners represent almost 80 percent of all customers.
“For decades the City has been using the water bill as a cash cow for the general treasury. That’s not right. The water bill should be for one thing and one thing only – the cost of water. Our water is safe and pure but it costs to keep it that way. This credit will provide some relief as we work to keep water and sewer bills as low as possible,” said Mayor de Blasio.
Mayor de Blasio said the fees NYC residents pay will be dedicated solely to the operation, maintenance and expansion of the water and sewer system.
One to three-family households will receive the $183 automatic credit in their bills this summer, if approved by the Water Board. The decision to not take a rental payment is the first time this has occurred since the City originally leased the water and sewer systems to the Board in 1985. The $183 credit represents a nearly 17 percent savings on the annual water and sewer bills for a typical single-family homeowner. The $183 credit will be applied to all one to three-family homes across the city.
"For too long, rising water rates have unfairly burdened New York City homeowners," said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. "Providing New Yorkers with a water bill credit and eliminating the City's rental payment on water bills will provide needed relief to middle class New Yorkers and will help alleviate the cost of owning a home."