Your Water Rates
The cost of a gallon of
New York American Water is a great value for the money. Delivering
high-quality water and service requires continued investment in treatment and
distribution (pipeline facilities) to replace aging infrastructure and make the
necessary system upgrades to meet drinking water standards. That’s why each
year, we invest millions of dollars in improvement projects across the state.
And, that’s just one example of the costs of doing good business.
We make the investments,
but we don’t set our own rates. New York American Water is regulated by the
New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), and rates are established based upon the
cost of providing service. This includes construction, maintenance, operation,
administration and financing. Periodically, the company will file with the PSC
for updates to its rates based on new infrastructure investments and any
changes in the costs to operate the water system. This is referred to as a base
As part of the rate
filing, New York American Water must submit to the PSC extensive financial and
operational data documenting its cost of doing business. The PSC then
scrutinizes information provided by the company in an open and thorough
process. Public hearings are held around the state to obtain customer input.
And, after examining all the information, the PSC may grant all, some or none
of the company’s request.
If an investment is deemed
prudent and is approved, generally, the cost of that improvement is recovered
over the life of the asset, not immediately in one shot. For example, if the
company installs a pipeline at a cost of $1 million and the life of asset (the
pipeline) is 100 years, it would take 100 years for the company to recover the
costs related to that project.
*Costs of certain large
system improvements can be recovered between base rate cases through System
Improvement Charges (SIC), a program that was approved by the PSC and has
allowed the company to implement several critical projects, such as iron
removal treatment facilities and well and storage tank rehabilitations.
Each completed SIC project is thoroughly reviewed by the PSC before a charge is
New York American
Water’s Rate Structure
There are two main components to rates: The cost per 100 gallons used and
the monthly fixed service charge. When you put the two together, for most, our
average residential customer pays about a penny a gallon. And, it’s delivered
straight to your tap! NOTE: Rates can vary by district. Please refer the tariff
below for more information about your rates.
You can learn more about the rate setting process in our white paper: Challenges In The Water Industry: The Rate Approval Process.
New York American Water Rates
- Nassau County (Former Lynbrook District/Long Island American Water, Mill Neck); Orange County (for former New Vernon Water Co./Whitlock Farms Water Corp. customers); Putnam County (for former Mt. Ebo and West Branch Acres customers); and Sullivan County (for former Lucas Estates) and Hoey-DeGrawcustomers). Applies to customers in Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Baldwin Harbor, Barnum Island, Bay Park, Carmel*, Cedarhurst, East Atlantic Beach, East Rockaway, Forestburgh*, Harbor Isle, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Inwood, Island Park, Lakeview, Lawrence, Lynbrook, Malverne, Malverne Park-Oaks, Meadowmere, Mill Neck, Mount Hope*,North Lawrence, North Lynbrook, North Woodmere, Oceanside, Roosevelt, Town of Southeast*, South Hempstead, Valley Stream, West Hempstead*, Woodmere and Woodsburgh (*Partially Served)
- Nassau County (Former New York Water Service Company): Applies to customers in Merrick, Bellmore, N. Bellmore, Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Levittown, S. Farmingdale
- Nassau County (Former New York Sea Cliff): Applies to customers in the Village of Sea Cliff, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Old Brookville and Roslyn Harbor.
- Former Five Upstate Water Systems: This applies to customers in the following areas:
- Ulster County: Former Kingsvale Water Company, which serves Kingston
- Washington County: Former Cambridge Water Works, which serves Cambridge
- Westchester County: Former Waccabuc Water Company, which serves Goldens Bridge and Katonah
- Westchester County: Former Dykeer Water System, which serves Somers
- Westchester County: Former Wild Oaks Water Company, which serves Goldens Bridge
New York American Water Files for Rate Change
On April 29, 2016, New York American Water filed an application with the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) for a rate increase to recover costs associated with providing reliable, high-quality water service and fire protection to its more than 124,000 customers in Nassau, Ulster, Washington, Sullivan, and Westchester Counties. If approved as porposed, our water, delivered straight to your tap, would cost around a penny per gallon. With the system improvements included in this filing, the company will have invested approximately $150 million to improve water quality, service reliability and fire protection in the communities we serve since the last rate case went into effect. Capital investments include upgrades to water treatment facilities, storage tanks, wells and pumping stations to ensure that your drinking water meets all regulatory standards. This includes the construction of an $8 million iron removal treatment facility in the Town of Hempstead, $3.3 million for 3 portable iron removal filter units, and well replacements and rehabs in Malverne, Roosevelt, and Lynbrook. New York American Water also replaced and rehabilitated more than 33 miles of aging water main, as well as valves, service lines and other parts of its more than 1,200-mile distribution system. While customers are enjoying the benefits of these investments, only a portion of the costs to finance these are covered in current water rates.
For more information:
Sea Cliff RAC/PTR Surcharge