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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Water Shut-Offs Coming to NYC Homeowners

The New York Times is reporting that DEP has issued shut-off notices to 11 NYC single-family homeowners. DEP hasn't threatened shut-offs to non-commercial customers in the past, and some feel this is partly why the agency has been unable to collect about $600 million in unpaid bills. Unfortunately, many water bills are questionable and DEP acknowledges this by not sending the shut-off notices to homeowners who are more than 18 months in arrears.

Instead, the 11 homeowners, scattered throughout the City, owe a combined $53,000 -- small change compared to others who haven't paid bills in decades.

DEP is also targeting single family homeowners so that renters, who don't pay for water, won't be the victims of their landlord's nonpayment.

These shut-off notices come on the heels of the recent 11.5% water rate hike this summer. DEP projects similarly high rate hikes for the coming years.


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