Protest Held At City Hall Over NYC Water Bills

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Politicians, business owners, and residents fuming over water bills that have gone sky high since New York City began installing automated meter readers protested on the steps of City Hall on Monday.

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“Times are tough. People can’t afford to have their water bill go from $3,000 to $10,000 overnight. It’s just really shocking and outrageous,” said city councilman David Greenfield.

Brooklyn resident Morty Lev says his residential bills have gone up 400 percent, quadrupling as he used less water.

“Something is wrong here. I don’t know if it’s the meter. I don’t know if it’s the reader and this has to be checked. It has to be dealt with,” he said.

Greenfield is demanding that the DEP compare and contrast new bills to old and refund money owed to those with faulty meter readers.

The DEP for its part says the readers are accurate and saving customers money.

What’s been going on with your water bill? Share your story in the comments section below!

  • Lynne

    I am in a new property and got a bill for 580 – the proprty was not even occupied for 2 of the three months and then only by 2 people. I have recieved no help from DEP. In fact they told me to put the blue toilet cleaners in the toilet tanks to see if I had a leak – which voids the warranties.

    Please let me know if there is a solution……

  • Ken K

    Despite decreasing water consumption, the bill still increases. This quarter I decided to experiment. I used 2l5% less than the previous quarter and still paid 5% more. Something is very wrong with this here.

  • Steve Schwartz

    i had my “new” water meter installed at the end of January this year, under the threat that they would cut off my water supply. My bill jumped 25% !! Give me back my old meter please. My neighbor is laughing all the way to the bank. She never let them install a meter in the first place. HELP!!

    • Michael H.

      Your neighbor won’t be laughing once they shut off her water for not complying with NYC law.

  • Rugbyball

    If you think they are wrong get a sub-meter. It is a water meter you own and place after the DEP’s meter, so your water is metered twice, once by their meter and again by your own meter. something like this, costs $55 for a 1/2″ model and up to $350 for a 2″ model, they have sizes in between to accommodate your pipe size, figure about $300-$500 for installations. Now that seems like allot but if your bill is off by $500 as I see some of you write, this could recoup allot of money for you if you can “prove” the DEP wrong on your water usage. Just remember I believe for every gallon “in” they charge you 3x, its 1x for the “in” and then 2x more for the sewer fee.

  • Jimmy

    When I lived in the City the water was free. Then I guess someone decided the DEP and water commision employees needed to have big fat pensions and benefits like the rest of the city workers. So they had to raise some cash.

  • j.wilenkin

    these small demonstrations are useless,we need a strong major demonstration,,in order for that to happen someone needs to carefuly organize,publicize, so we can have a massive turnout,only then we have a chance of accomplishing

  • John_Smith

    Too bad the City is barred from turning off the water to all those folks who never pay water bills. Bringing the delinquents on board would,sharply, lower the costs for everyone else.

  • anton

    After they installed new automated meter my bill went from $250 to $790.
    Calling DEP WAS NO HELP.Wrote letter to Mayor ,dep no help.
    Next billing cycle my bill dropped from $790 to $ 410.05.There is something wrong with dep calculations and meter reading.

  • David Rabinovitz

    It costs 180 dollars for them to check the meter! According to the person I spoke to at The Water Board,the Brooklyn office has been moved to Queens,and at this time there is only one machine that works that can be used to check the meter. Late charges are accruing while you wait for an appointment..From one quarter to the next my bill went from under 300(bad enough) to over 800 dollars……… There are 3 people living under my roof and the Water Board claims we averaged over 1000 gallons a day use…………………………………

  • Esmerelda

    If there is less water usage and the bill costs
    more, then who is saving ?
    The sewer charges went up at least double.
    We are being scammed left and right.

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