Water and Sewer Rates

Attend the Rate Increase Public Hearing

When: December 17, 2020 6:00-7:00 PM

How: Please register for the Zoom Meeting prior to December 17 at 12:00 PM. Once registered, you will receive an email on how to connect to the meeting.

Any questions, please contact AWD at 518-434-5300 or water@albanyny.gov

View a presentation about the proposed 3.5% rate increase. 

As a 24/7 operation, Albany Water manages the water supply at our local reservoirs, filters the water at our treatment plant, and reliably delivers high quality water through our distribution system. We also maintain the pipes that safely carry away wastewater and stormwater.

Much of Albany’s water and sewer infrastructure is over 100 years old. Repairs and upgrades are necessary to guarantee the delivery of clean water and the removal of wastewater and stormwater.

Your water and sewer bill helps pay for these system improvements, as well as daily operation and maintenance. To keep costs to ratepayers low, Albany Water has applied for and received $36 million in grants since 2014.

Water and Sewer Rates 

View the current water and sewer rates. The Albany Water Board has proposed a 3.5% rate increase to be effective January 1, 2021. This change will increase the average residential bill by about $14 per year and the minimum bill by about $8 per year

Water and Sewer System Improvements

Flood Mitigation Projects
The Albany Water Board is in a regional partnership to significantly improve water quality in the Hudson River through the implementation of a Long Term Control Plan (LTCP). The LTCP aims to greatly reduce untreated Combined Sewer Overflows and has an overall cost to the Board of $60 million. The $45 million Beaver Creek Clean River Project is one of the projects located in Albany as part of the LTCP.
Five Year Capital Plan 

Comparison of water and milk prices

What’s the Value of Your Water?

Your drinking water costs less than a penny a gallon. On average, per month it costs one Albany resident…

$1.66 to do laundry
$0.06 to drink water
$2.21 to use the shower
$2.44 to flush the toilet

How Are Rates Set?

Albany Water Board sets rates based on the costs associated with operating, maintaining, and making necessary improvements to our water and sewer systems. Each year our staff, Board, and consultants estimate expected costs and set rates to generate enough revenue to meet those costs. You can have your say in the budget process at any of our public board meetings and at public hearings that are held before a rate increase is approved.  Sewer rates, which pay for the sanitary and storm sewer system, are set at 100% of your water usage.