City of Binghamton, New York

Water & Sewer

Department Overview

The City of Binghamton’s Water & Sewer Department currently has 59 employees and this newly updated complex houses offices for:

  • Water Treatment Plant
  • Water Distribution Services
  • Water Meter Services
  • Sewer Collection Service

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Water Rates 

Effective with Bills issued March 1, 2021 and after:

  • Inside City Users
    • 1st thousand cubic feet           35.00
    • Every 100 cubic feet after         3.30
  • Outside City Individual Users (150%)
    • 1st thousand cubic feet           52.50
    • Every 100 cubic feet after         4.95
  • Outside Municipal Users (130%)
    • 1st thousand cubic feet           45.50
    • Every 100 cubic feet after         4.30
  • Town of Vestal
    • 1st thousand cubit feet             35.00
    • Every 100 cubit feet after           3.30
  • Capital Improvement Fee
    • 5/8 inch meter                           17.00
    • 5/8 inch x 3/4 inch meter          17.00
    • 3/4 inch meter                           20.40
    • 1 inch meter                              27.20
    • 1 1/2 inch meter                        40.80
    • 2 inch meter                              54.40
    • 3 inch meter                              81.60
    • 4 inch meter                            108.80
    • 6 inch meter                            163.20
    • 8 inch meter                            217.60

Sewer Rates 

Effective with Bills issued May 1, 2020 thru March 1, 2021

  • Inside City Users
    • 1st five hundred cubic feet of water   33.00
    • Every 100 cubit of water after              6.60
  • Capital Improvement Fee                                0.00

Effective with Bills issued April 1, 2021 and after: 

  • Inside City Users
    • 1st five hundred cubic feet of water   15.00
    • Every 100 cubit of water after              7.00
  • Capital Improvement Fee (per size of water meter)
    • 5/8 inch meter                                    20.00
    • 5/8 inch x 3/4 inch meter                   20.00
    • 3/4 inch meter                                   24.00
    • 1 inch meter                                      32.00
    • 1 1/2 inch meter                                48.00
    • 2 inch meter                                      64.00
    • 3 inch meter                                      96.00
    • 4 inch meter                                    128.00
    • 6 inch meter                                    192.00
    • 8 inch meter                                    256.00

 

Solar Panel Installation at the Water Treatment Plant

The installation of a 49.68 KW solar photovoltaic system at the City's Water Treatment Plant was completed on March 15, 2011.  The first onsite renewable energy generation system for a City building, this project was enabled by a $320,922 federal recovery grant that NYSERDA administered, as well as a $56,635 (15%) match by the City.  The system is expected to save Binghamton taxpayers up to $560,000 over the life of the system and eliminate more than 23 tons of carbon dioxide production annually by reducing the plant’s use on fossil fuels.

Using electricity from onsite generation systems like photovoltaic panels not only reduces our environmental impact, but also creates jobs and strengthens our economy.  The renewable energy industry creates more jobs per megawatt of power installed, per unit of energy produced and per dollar investment, than the fossil fuel based sector. According to the EPA, the solar PV industry creates 22.4 jobs per megawatt, while natural gas in comparison creates 1.1 (EPA Report). This project used US-manufactured photovoltaic panels and is helping to build a more sustainable, vibrant economy for our community and the country.

The energy produced by the solar panels will be tracked on the manufacturer's public website, which will also track the cost and carbon dioxide savings.  The City will continue to install additional onsite renewable energy systems as funding is available.