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There will be a public hearing of the New York City Water Board at 7:00 p.m., April 24, at Public School 222, 3301 Quentin Road in Marine Park, concerning a proposed seven percent increase on water rates. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2013’s water rate increase of seven percent is slated to take effect on July 1, 2012. According to the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, if the rate hike is implemented, based on the average consumption of 80,000 gallons per year, a typical single-family homeowner will see their water and sewer bills increase from $877 per year to $939 per year.

Additionally, the average multi-family unit with metered billing will see an increase from $571 per year for each individual dwelling unit to $610 per year for each dwelling.

The hearing is open to the public. However, residents who wish to speak much register by contacting Diane Easparro at the New York City Water Board at (718) 595-3591 or deasparro@dep.nyc.gov. You must register to speak no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the hearing (that’s today!) Remarks are limited to five minutes in length.

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  • Awewe

    SEVEN PERCENT??? They need to waterboard the Water Board!

  • BrooklynBus

    So much for Mayor Bloomberg’s promise of no new taxes.

    Also, got to love all the advance publicity for this.

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      For what it’s worth, Bob Turner’s office has spent the last month or so pushing this like crazy.

      • BrooklynBus

        I assume by pushing you mean publicizing the hearing, not pushing for the increase.

        • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

          Hahah! Yes, publicizing! Sorry, it has been a long day. 

  • Rpell1

    Gee….Do you think DEP needs the increase because of all the Water Meter Readers they don’t have anymore?   I guess paying a private company to read the meters didn’t save any money?

  • http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof nyscof

     New York City wastes about $25 million, yearly, adding unnecessary, health-robbing fluoride chemicals into your bodies via the water supply in a failed effort to reduce tooth decay in tap water drinkers and cookers.  City Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. is holding a Stop Fluoridation Rally on the steps of City Hall on May 15th at 11 am.  Call Vallone’s office for more details.

    Vallone has co-sponsored legislation with six other council members to stop fluoridation in NYC.  But fluoridation is a political hot potato because it offends some rich special interest groups.  People need to tell the Mayor and their own council member to sign the pending legislation to stop fluoridation and to stop wasting money on fluoridation before they ask for a raise in rates.

    You can sign a petition to stop fluoridation in NYC here: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-fluoridation-in-new-york-city

    Adverse health effects of ingested fluoride is here: http://www.FluorideAction.Net/health

  • guest

    What a bunch of crap. How about we just charge Gracie Mansion and the mayor’s pad up there on 79th 777% tax on their water bill and leave everyone else alone. This is because of those stupid meters that they forced upon all of us. What does Bloomberg care. He has billions. Not sure about you guys but the bill has increased since they installed the meter where you conveniently can’t look directly at it. Ridiculous. Water should be free. You need it to live. At most, should be included in the property taxes or rent we pay which are already high enough. Swear, if they could find a way to tax the air they would.

    • Rpell1

      As much as I whole heartedly agree with your anger and frustration, we can only object to what is true.    We do NOT pay for water in NYC.  We pay for the delivery system of clean water and the removal and treatment of waste water.   If you want free water at no charge, you can go up to the reservoir and take as much as you want.  And, carry your waste water to the Treatment Plant.

      We are, however paying for gross mis-management and tremendous waste of resourses and revenue at this (DEP) and most other City agencies.   THAT, is the truth and that’s what must be corrected.

      • Gene2T

        thats not what my water bill says. it actually shows how much water I USED not how far it had to travel to get to my house.

        Same crap Con ed does. they charge you for electricity and for the wires…

    • ES

      Shhhhhh… don’t give them any ideas.

  • Starphish

    who will be present from the Water Board and DEP at these meetings?

  • Georgia

    This is a yearly accurance it has become a habit. Remember they raised 18% 2 years ago? My opinion is I have no faith or trust in the NYC Water Board. It makes me angry that this is habit forming like any other city agency. Every year. They think they rule the roost.
    I attend these so called public meetings & speak but they do not listen or take your opinion.  

    • BrooklynBus

      I believe it was a 14% increase followed by an 11% increase.

      • Georgia

        Yes I think you are correct I have to check my paperwork. This is still uncalled for. 
        Thanks