Going up: NYC water rates

The DEP is holding a hearing in the Bronx tomorrow to discuss soaring water rates.

The New York City Water Board is expected to enact a 14% rate hike in May, bringing water rates to double what they were 12 years ago, and making the average single-family residential bill more than $1,000 for the first time.

Behind the rate hikes, the NY Daily News reports, is not just the cost of maintaining the vast NYC water system, but also deadbeat landlords not paying their bills and, ironically, successful conservation efforts.