Below is the recap from REBNY about the proposed 3.24% rate increase. According to, the national average indoor residential water usage per person is 60-70 gallons. That comes to about 24,000 per year. Let’s assume 20,000 of that is at home, so at the new rate of $3.82 the avg person would run up a water bill of $764/year.


Dear Member,

Last week, the New York City Water Board announced a proposed FY16 rate increase of 3.24% This would raise the cost of 100 cubic feet of water from $3.70 to $3.82. The minimum charge of $1.27 per day for low-volume users would not be raised.

The Water Board will be holding a series of hearings throughout the five boroughs over the next few weeks to provide the public a chance to comment on the proposed increase before a final vote.  The meeting times and locations are listed below.

The final vote on the FY16 rate will be held sometime in May, and after the vote the rate increase will take effect on July 1, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Ali Davis at (212) 616-5272.

Staten Island
April 27, 7:30pm
Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC
1466 Manor Road

April 28, 7:00pm
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street, Founders Hall

April 29, 7:00pm
Hostos Community College
Savoy Building, 2nd Floor
120 East 149th Street

April 30, 7:00pm
LaGuardia Community College
Conference Room E-242
45-50 Van Dam Street, Long Island City

May 1, 1:30pm
NYC Department of City Planning
22 Reade Street, Spector Hall