Water Rates

The Village purchases water from New York City utilizing roughly half of our budgeted expenditures for this purpose. The balance of expenditures fund the operation and maintenance of the water pumping and distribution system.

New York City charges the Village separate base and excess water rates based on consumption. They utilize a per-capita water use threshold to establish the base rate based on the per-capita usage in New York City. When Village wide water consumption exceeds New York City's aggregate per capita usage threshold, they charge the Village at the excess rate which is approximately 3.5 times the base rate.

As a suburban, single family residential community of large homes and properties requiring irrigation, Scarsdale's per capita water use is substantially higher than New York City's. As such the Village pays for a considerable amount of water at the excess rate. Scarsdale's water rates are established and adjusted periodically to reflect the New York City rates while maintaining fairness and equity relative to other Westchester municipal water utilities.

Rate Increase

Since the Village's last increase of the water rates in 2012, the New York City base rate has increased 23.3% and the New York City excess rate has increased by 12.9%. As a result the Village increased our base rate by 5% for 2014. We still maintain one of the lowest water rates in Westchester County.

Quarterly Bills

Water meters are read and billed quarterly, except for large water users which are billed monthly. Quarterly bills are mailed to users on February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 of each year and are due no later than the end of each of those months.

High Water Bill

A large percentage of the high water bill complaints we receive are due to lawn sprinkler systems. Broken sprinkler heads (as seen above), underground leaks in the system, or overly long clock settings can result in large quantities of water being wasted and subsequent high bills. Don't set it and forget it, be sure to check your sprinkler settings and operation regularly.
Sprinkler Leak

Present Water Rates

(Beginning with March 2017 water use)
  • Water is billed per unit, one unit of water = 100 cubic feet (cf) = 748 gallons.
  • Village Water Rates = $2.85 per unit (100 cf) up to 50 units (5,000 cf) Over 50 units, the rate is 350% the base rate ($9.975).
  • Outside Village Water Rates = $3.91 per unit to 50 units, Over 50 units, the rate is 350% the base rate ($13.685).
  • Water Rates for all Village Monthly Accounts = $2.85 per unit up to 500 units. Over 500 units, the rate is 350% the base rate ($9.975).
  • Water Rates for all Outside Village Monthly Accounts = $3.91 per unit up to 500 units. Over 500 units, the rate is 350% the base rate ($13.685).
Present service charges per quarter for all accounts, (for monthly accounts the service fee is divided by 3 and billed monthly):
Size of Meter
5/8 inch Meter
3/4 inch Meter
1 inch Meter
1.5 inch Meter
2 inch Meter
3 inch Meter
4 inch Meter
6 inch Meter

Municipal Water Rate Comparison

*Estimated bill assumes a 3-year annual avg usage of 200 units, as well as a 3/4" Meter Charge. Comparison rates are accurate as of 02-03-16.
Water Supplier Rate/100CF Water Bill*
Briarcliff $8.50 $1,700
Mt. Kisco $7.04 $1,436
United Water New Rochlle $6.79 $1,358
Pleasantville $6.47 $1,591
Irvington $6.42 $1,284
Larchmont $6.28 $1,357
Tarrytown $5.77 $1,154
Mamaroneck, Town of (WJWW) $5.38 $1,152
Mamaroneck, Village of $5.36 $1,188
Harrison, Town of (WJWW) $5.14 $1,915
New Castle, Town of $4.80 $960
Rye, City of (small area - WJWW) $4.38 $992
Greenburgh, Town of  $3.90 $780
Yorktown (NWJWW) $3.74 $748
Mount Pleasant, Town of  $3.65 $730
New York City $3.58 $716
Yonkers, City of $3.34 $668
Mt. Vernon, City of $3.30 $660
Village of Scarsdale (New Rate Approved for FY 17/18) $2.85 $624
White Plains, City of $2.18 $495
Village of Scarsdale (Rate Effective 02-03-16) $2.05 $446