Water use and billing from Mohawk Valley Water Board Authority


It seems that the Mohawk Valley Water Board (MVWA) does not take into consideration any saving of water resources on the part of consumers, but instead uses tier billing to charge excessive amounts for water usage in Oneida County. I have decreased utilization of water resources of almost 1,000 gallons per quarter comparing 2019 to 2020 by using Energy Star appliances, dishwasher, clothes washer and other Energy Star savings devices like shower heads and toilets.Yet the Water Authority has consistently charged me $66.66 for water use charges, $33.04 for sewer and SSO Abatement $6.28 for the entire year. So in spite of saving the Authority almost 12,000 gallons of water over the course of one year, my savings has been a meager $1.55 per quarter or $6.20 per year.

My home is not using your resources, and in fact has allowed other homeowners and businesses an increase in water resource availability by using 12,000 fewer gallons of water over last year. But I have realized no significant savings, and in fact have been told by your telephone response team that there is no decrease in charges to be realized at all. My bill will remain at the same quarterly rate, even if I completely turn the water off and use absolutely nothing.

Given these circumstances, it seems obvious that the Mohawk Valley Water Authority:

1. Does not care if anyone saves water in this area of the state; their residential water bill will never be less than $107 or so dollars per month,

2. Offers no savings to consumers who conserve natural resources, and therefore,

3. Is only trying to make a profit from a minimum billing tier which does not even take usage into consideration.

As a result, I am writing to request this issue be addressed. I am writing directly to the Water Board, State Legislature and conservation groups to make this abhorrent practice stop. Perhaps this letter will make consumers, legislators, and the general public aware of these practices.

— Richard E. Smith,


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