NEW CITY – A proposed increase in Rockland County water rates by the Suez company met with universal opposition at state Public Service Commission hearing in New City Thursday evening.
Suez wants to hike its rates by 15 percent totaling $54 million in revenue.
State Senator David Carlucci is one who spoke against it.
“We already pay some of the highest water rates in the nation and we have no future being the highest ratepayers of water in the country,” Carlucci said. “We have to make sure that with any rate increase that conservation is at the forefront.”
County Executive Edwin Day called the proposed increase an “unfair burden” on residents and businesses in Rockland.
Suez says it needs the money to recoup its losses for development of the water desalination plant on the Hudson River. That never got off the ground because the PSC ordered it cancelled, saying it was not needed to meet future water demands in the county.