NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City water is often referred to as ‘the best there is’ but water credit in the city may be even better.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed a $183 per homeowner credit. DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd has offered further discounts for seniors and incentives for multi-family buildings.

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“One that would give a rebate of $225 for every apartment in the building that committed to staying affordable,” Lloyd said.

As 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said the money can buy you your monthly metro card.

“One-hundred-Eighty-Three dollars, that’s your co-pay, several visits to the doctor,” he said.

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De Blasio said the city’s days of using water bills as  a ‘cash cow’ needed to come to an end.

“For decades the City has been using the water bill as a cash cow for the general treasury. That’s not right. The water bill should be for one thing and one thing only – the cost of water. Our water is safe and pure but it costs to keep it that way. This credit will provide some relief as we work to keep water and sewer bills as low as possible,” said Mayor de Blasio.

The mayor said fees would be used for the operation, maintenance, and expansion of the water and sewer system.

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