The New York City Water Board establishes the rates paid by New York City residents for water and sewage services, as of 2015. The organization sets rates that enable the city to pay for more than 6,000 employees, continue long-term construction projects and perform routine maintenance on water infrastructure while striving to ensure that the rates are fair and understood by all. The organization also maintains a Web page that allows residents to pay their water bills online.
The New York City Water Board must hold public hearings in every borough of the city before increasing water rates. The organization also tries to educate consumers on the fundamentals of water conservation. The New York City Water Board's Web page includes helpful information for New York City residents, including water rates and reports, minutes for every board meeting, public notices, annual financial reports, and additional documentation. The Web page also lists a number of city laws pertaining to the use and abuse of the water system. Some of these features are available only as PDF downloads.
The mayor of New York City appoints members of the New York City Water Board to two-year terms. As of 2015, the organization lists Mathilde O. McLean as its executive director, Greg L. Ascierto as its acting treasurer and Albert M. Rodriguez as its secretary. Alfonzo Carney chairs the board, which also includes Tawan Davis, Arlene Shaw, Adam Freed, Jonathan Goldin and Joseph G. Finnerty III.