County Executives Asks PSC to Amend United Water Agreement

County Executive Ed Day released a statement on Wednesday urging the New York State Public Service Commission to update an agreement between United Water New Jersey and United Water New York. The agreement, titled the Lake DeForest Reservoir Cost Allocation Agreement, which is up for a twenty year extension, was created in 1954 to split payments between New Jersey and New York on the Lake DeForest Reservoir. Day stated that the agreement is unfair towards New York customers. Currently payments are based on the company’s minimum average use of water from Lake DeForest per year, data showing that UWNJ uses and pays for 7.7 million gallons per day, while UWNY uses and pays for 10 million gallons per day. According to the statement the longterm flow of water downstream from New York to New Jersey has been 27 million gallons per day. Day stated that the PSC must consider amending the agreement to be fairer towards Rockland County and New York customers.

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