GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner announced that the town will raise water rates by 9.5 percent due to an increase in the cost of water that is purchased from New York City, and a need to pay for improvements to the local infrastructure.
The Greenburgh Water District is responsible for providing more than 40,500 of the 43,000 residents with water. Since 2014, the last time there was a water rate increase, New York City has increased the charge to the town for this water by 15.5 percent, Feiner said.
In addition, costs for supplies have also gone up by 6.7 percent. And New York City is expected to increase water rates again by 8.6 percent.
"In addition to the above, we're addressing infrastructure needs," Feiner said. "These are some of the infrastructure enhancements we must make in order to guarantee that your water tastes good and is safe -- we won't tolerate having a Flint, Mich. situation here."
Some of the improvement included the following:
- Water tank painting: $4,899,109
- Additional Water Tank Painting: $5,000,000
- Rumbrook/Knollwood Transmission Main: $7,500,000 to $12,300,000
- Pump Station Rehabilitation: $8,200,000 to $13,300,000
- Replace substandard pipe infrastructure: $1,500,000 annually
- Clean and Line pipes: $1,500,000 to $3,000,000 annually.
"Our water has passed many inspections. We've won best tasting contests and don't have any lead related problems," Feiner said. "The bad news is that we need to pay for these improvements through the increased water rates. Greenburgh's water department does not receive any taxpayer subsidy. We are trying hard to cut costs."