Water bill scofflaws beware: The city wants you to pay up - or else.
The top three offenders in Queens identified by the DEP are all hospitals.
Scofflaws in hot water with city
Leading the Queens list was Caritas Health Care - better known as Mary Immaculate Hospital - which owes more than $1.1 million in unpaid water bills.
"We are working with the DEP to resolve the issue," Juliette Lewis, a spokeswoman for the Jamaica-based hospital said, declining to discuss details.
But officials from the two other hospitals disputed their places on the list.
Parkway Hospital - second on the deadbeat list - was threatened with closure in 2006.
"We emerged from our bankruptcy on Feb. 28," said Fred Stewart, a Parkway executive. "[The bill] would had to have been satisfied for us to come out of bankruptcy."
Officials at Flushing Hospital - No. 3 on the list - said they stopped paying their bill because they believed the facility was being overcharged.
"The situation was just recently rectified, and approximately $250,000 of erroneous charges have been credited to the hospital, allowing us to now make the appropriate payments," said Michael Hinck, the hospital's associate director of public affairs.