The New York City Water Board has announced that they will likely raise city water bills by 11.5%. This is the largest percentage rate increase since 1992, and will raise the average single family home’s water bill by $72.
A few months back, in working on a project in Bermuda, it was discovered that water rates in Bermuda are orders of magnitude higher than in New York City, which may explain why it is standard practice in Bermuda to harvest rainwater. Low costs of water have a dramatic effect on water consumption habits and water conservation habits will be hard to drive home if water rates stay low. This will hopefully move those efforts in the right direction.
photo from EPA
posted by Dahlia T.