COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS RECOMMENDING WATER RATE HIKE
Release Date: March 22, 2011
LAST RATE HIKE NOVEMBER 2008
NYC HAS INCREASED WATER RATES CHARGED TO TOWN BY 46%
GREENBURGH RESIDENTS WHO USE UNITED WATER ARE CURRENTLY PAYING $7.76 (private company). IF RATE INCREASE GOES INTO EFFECT GREENBURGH RESIDENTS WHO GET WATER FROM TOWN WILL PAY $4.10.
The current base retail rate for water delivered by the Greenburgh Consolidated Water District #1 (CWD) is $2.39 per 1,000 gallons. The rates have not gone up since November, 2008. Since that time the cost of water purchased by the CWD from the New York City Board of Water Supply has increased by 46% from 2008 to the current rate. For the past three years, the CWD has absorbed the New York City increases without a corresponding retail rate increase. This has created a negative impact on the water district fund balance. Significant Capital Improvement costs related to infrastructure needs of the CWD are projected into the near future related to the current comprehensive Water System Study as well as other system modifications required by the regulating authority that will require expenditures from the Capital Improvement Account to continue to provide safe and reliable drinking water to the community. Other costs have also increased including including labor, electricity and chemicals added during the treatment process.
Unfortunately, the Town Board is being asked by the Commissioner of Public Works to increase the water rates. IF THE RATE HIKE IS APPROVED OUR RATES WILL STILL BE MUCH LESS THAN MANY OTHER JURISDICTIONS. UNITED WATER CHARGES $7.76 COMPARED TO THE $4.10 THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS IS RECOMMENDING. MANY RESIDENTS OF UNINCORPORATED GREENBURGH (INCLUDING ME GET OUR WATER FROM UNITED WATER). We are holding a public hearing tomorrow evening (Wed, March 23rd) at the Town Board meeting. However-- we won't close the hearing and will provide residents with a chance to speak at our April 13th Town Board meeting on this request. This is the proposal:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the retail rate for water delivered by the Greenburgh Consolidated Water District No. 1 be set as follows:
In District Rate
Price Usage in Gallons
$4.10 up to 10,999 for quarterly customers or 3,333 monthly
$4.92 from 11,000 to 50,999/ quarterly or 3,334 to 16,999/monthly
$5.12 greater than 51,000/ quarter or greater than 17,000/month
Price Usage in Gallons
$10.25 per 1,000 gal all usage, all customers
AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the water rates so charged by the CWD shall increase or decrease proportionately to rate changes implemented by the City of New York Board of Water Supply with no further action required by the Town Board.
Submitted: March 22, 2011
GREENBURGH CONSOLIDATED WATER DISTRICT NO. 1
2011 RATE COMPARISON
COST PER THOUSAND GALLONS
WJWW - Harrison
WJWW - Town/Mamaroneck
WJWW - Village/Mamaroneck
UNITED WATER (3)
UNITED WATER (Rye, Rye Brook, Port Chester)
Data based on review of water system annual reports performed by Westchester County Water District and provided to the Town of Greenburgh.