Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Broken water mains not city's responsibility
From Little Neck Patch:
If Arthur Collazo has a problem with the plumbing in his Bellerose home, he’s more than happy to pay to have it repaired. But a severed waterline under the city street, dozens of feet away from his property line? That’s another issue.
Collazo lost water to his home on Aug. 23, the same day a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattled New York City. He promptly called the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), thinking they would fix the problem.
He was wrong.
Not only was Collazo left without water for more than a week (a generous neighbor allowed him to use his backyard hose), he also found himself saddled with a $3,000 repair bill – a bill that, as both a retired senior and a veteran – Collazo didn't think he should have to foot.
From CBS 2:
“The city has to accept responsibility for any break on city property. It’s a simple policy change,” Avella said.
Avella said the Department of Environmental Protection should change the policy, because he believes most of the breaks are due to traffic on city streets.
The DEP said rather than change the policy it is exploring a water service line protection plan, a sort of insurance policy. You pay a nominal monthly fee and if anything breaks, it’s fixed for free.
Avella said he will encourage the City Council to change the policy and may introduce legislation in Albany.