City Launches Water and Sewer Line Protection Program

Avella praises DEP for program that would prevent homeowners from paying high costs to fix water and sewer line breaks.

The city has launched a water and sewer line protection program this week to prevent homeowners from paying to repair breaks in their connection to the city’s water main.

Carter Strickland, commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, said it costs property owners anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000 to repair a water line break and between $10,000 and $15,000 to fix a sewer line break.

Now, homeowners can pay a monthly fee to cover potential service line issues.

State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, praised the DEP’s program. Recently, he held a press conference to discuss the financial burden incurred by homeowners who had been forced to repair breaks in their connection to the city’s water main.

In many cases, the connections had been broken under the city’s streets.

“I am pleased that the Department of Environmental Protection heeded my call and will finally provide some relief for homeowners who are burdened with having to repair their sewer lines at a prohibitive cost,” Avella said. “At least with this new insurance policy, homeowners will be able to defray the cost of repairs for a broken service line with a nominal monthly fee.”

The DEP has selected American Water Resources as the provider for the program. Water customers would pay $3.99 per month for water line protection and $7.99 per month for sewer line protection.

Linda Rodriguez January 13, 2013 at 01:13 PM
This is great! Is this full coverage or is there a maximum coverage? Where do we find information on the plan offered by the city?
Harriet Brown January 13, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Tony Avella is absolutely right. Mayor Bloomberg and his administration have no respect for the middle class. He has shown this time and time again
george washington February 22, 2013 at 04:22 AM
I disagree, its just another scam for Bloomberg to get more money from NYers. Hense why some are leaving NYC! As I too am considering doing the same and leave this god foresaken place.


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