When a New York City water company wants to add charged water, it can’t do it without paying a lot of money
Posted On July 27, 2021
New York’s Metropolitan Water District (MWD) has to pay a whopping $4.8 million in penalties and fees over its treatment of wastewater that is contaminated by nickel and copper compounds, a source of high-level copper contamination.
The fines and fees for the treatment of a sample of municipal wastewater at the Met have been around $1 million for more than a year, the Associated Press reported.
In May, a separate Met company fined the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for not following state standards for the handling of the samples.
A Met spokeswoman said the company’s testing process is designed to be as transparent as possible, but it is not required to do so.
A Met spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The fines and costs could be enough to sink the Metropolitan water district, which had $6.3 billion in revenue last year, according to a New Jersey Department of State and local government report.
It had $2.7 billion in assets and more than 2,400 employees.
The company did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the fines.
In January, the Met announced it would stop paying fines for contaminated samples, a move that was met with backlash from the public and the local press.
A letter from residents in Westchester County, New York, to the Met’s board of directors said the Met has failed to comply with state requirements for water quality.
“As a result, it is the Metropolitan Water Dist. that will be paying the fines for these contaminants,” the letter read.
“Please direct the Met to stop paying the fine.”