Nearly 52,000 New York City homeowners who are poor, elderly or disabled will get a $115 credit on their next water bill, or about a quarter off the average participant’s bill for the year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd spotlighted the credit on Thursday. It was included in the city Water Board’s rate plan adopted earlier this year as part of the Home Water Assistance Program, which de Blasio’s administration introduced last year.
About 12,500 homeowners qualified for the credit last year. Now, the city is expanding it to include all homeowners qualified for the Federal Home Energy Assistance Program, or for the Senior Citizens Homeowners Exemption or a Disabled Homeowners Exemption for property taxes.
Homeowners don’t have to sign up for the credit; it will appear on the next water bill for qualified customers.