Water and Sewer Rates

At a low cost, Albany Water Board provides clean drinking water and maintains the sewer system for the City of Albany.

As a 24/7 operation, we manage the water supply at local reservoirs, clean the water at our treatment plant, and reliably deliver water through our transmission and 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 almost $30 million in grants in recent years.

Water and Sewer Rates 

View the current water and sewer rates. The Albany Water Board approved a 2.5% rate increase to be effective January 1, 2020. This change will increase the average residential bill by $11 per year and the minimum bill by $6 per year

View a PowerPoint Presentation about the rate increase. The Albany Water Board held a Rate Increase Public Hearing at 6:00 PM on November 21, 2019 at 10 N. Enterprise Drive. 

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

Water and Sewer System Improvements

Flood Mitigation Projects
Albany Pool Communities Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) to significantly improve the water quality of the Hudson River. 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 

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.