Gloversville Water rates going up

GLOVERSVILLE — Effective Feb. 1, 2022, the Gloversville Water Works will be raising its water rates 6% for both inside and the outside the city customers. The minimum usage charge will also be increased by an additional 10%. This will result in an average person’s water bill increasing $7.80 per billing cycle. For a more detailed rate increase schedule, customers can contact the city Water Department at 518-773-4520.

The rate increase is due to a steady decline in industrial water use, ongoing mandated infrastructure upgrades throughout the distribution system, as well as budget constraints from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a news release said.

In addition to the rate increase the Gloversville Water Department has received a grant through the NYS Environmental Facility Corporation’s Green Infrastructure program to upgrade all water meters in the system to fully automated. Upon installation of these new meters each customer will be billed an automated meter charge per billing cycle in the amount of $7 and in return will have access to a “water smart” app that will offer a wide variety of features for our customers like e-billing, water usage monitoring tips, step by step video directions for leak detection, instant leak notifications via text, e-mail, or phone, etc. For more information on the water smart app, contact the water department.

By Paul Wager