United Water Westchester to Provide Sewer Billing in Port Chester

About 5,000 homes and businesses will receive customer service through United Water Westchester as a result of the new partnership between the company and the Village of Port Chester.

The following announcement is from United Water Westchester:

United Water Westchester has entered into a unique public-private partnership with the Village of Port Chester, New York, to provide sewer billing and collection services. Under the terms of the multi-year contract, the company will also provide related customer service for approximately 5,000 residential and business accounts. The agreement was approved earlier this year by the New York State Public Service Commission.


“Port Chester’s new approach to billing for sewer services is an innovative public-private partnership between the Village and United Water,” said Mayor Neil J. Pagano. “Although this is not new across the country, we are breaking ground in New York State. Based on my discussions with other municipal officials in Westchester County, the Village is leading the way.”


The Village explained that the Sewer Rent Program moves the cost of sanitary sewer upgrades, repairs, and maintenance away from property taxes and more fairly apportions the associated costs through a user fee by capturing all users of the sanitary sewer system. The Village will be responsible for setting the associated sewer rent rate(s) on an annual basis. However, it will no longer be including the cost of sewer services in tax bills. Instead, residents will receive a separate bill based on the actual volume of water used and not based on the value of taxable assessed property. 


All user fees collected will be reserved in the Sewer Fund to pay for expenses related to repairs, maintenance, and upgrades to the Village’s sanitary sewer infrastructure. The sewer rent rate is set annually and budgeted by Fiscal Year.


United Water currently provides water service in the Village. The company will use water usage data to provide accurate and timely billing for residents and businesses. “United Water has been providing water service in Port Chester since 2007,” said Michael Pointing, vice president and general manager of the United Water New York Division. “We are pleased that we were selected to provide this new service and we look forward to enhancing the customer experience through this progressive public-private partnership.”


United Water’s Oracle-based Customer Contact and Billing (CC&B) system provides extensive functionality to support all aspects of billing, collections and customer relations. As a result, United Water will introduce a suite of enhanced billing and payment services for the sewer customers.


Customers can pay their sewer bill:

·         By mail

·         APS/Check Free Convenient Payment Locations

·         With a credit card over the telephone or on-line at www.unitedwater.com (a convenience fee is charged to the customer for this payment option)

·         24 hours a day using self-service options, either over the phone or via www.unitedwater.com

Pointing noted that the company looks forward to discussions with other municipalities which may be interested in this model. “Not only will our CC&B system provide value to client communities but spreading costs of the billing system over a wider base will benefit existing customers as well,” he said.


Residents will soon receive their first sewer rent bill. It will be a separate bill similar in form and content to their current water bill. The first sewer rent bill is based upon total water consumption since June 1, 2013 or the past fiscal year’s consumption. Moving forward, customers will be billed monthly for sewer rent fees if they receive a monthly water bill or quarterly for sewer rent fees if they receive a quarterly water bill. Each bill will be based upon the total water consumption for that period.


United Water will continue to send customers separate water bills.


For additional information, customers can contact the following:


Sewer Service Questions

Call the Port Chester DPW: 914-939-5207

Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30 - 11:30 am and 12:30 - 3:30 pm

Sat: 7:30-11:30am (April 1-Dec.1)



Sewer Billing Questions

Call United Water: 888-876-1672

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm

Email: uwwccustomerservice@unitedwater.com



United Water provides water service to about 200,000 people in Westchester County. Its parent company, United Water, is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.3 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater utilities, United Water operates 84 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.

Silvio V. Buccieri July 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Anne Latella. please keep thinking about us and do not let go for there is no other person here in Port Chester cares about us. unless it is about money!! every body is in every body pocket.. and no matter where you go, you always look back. WE LOVE ANNE LATELLA, AND MY SISTER ELEANOR SAYS THANK YOU FOR THE KIND WORDS YOU WROTE. HER HUSBAND IS GONE AND HER SON. THANKS ANNE.
Frank B. July 14, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Anne, you are wrong on every level. Who is bullying you? You are living on a myth of what may have been long ago, It doesn't exist in 2014 and never will, I am only speaking of the what is a reality we face everyday. When I speak of dignity it's not yours but the residents of PC, check your reading comprehension and don't be so quick to attack. Sorry but I can never remember a time when it was a wonderful town, it was always the "joke' between Rye and Greenwich, sadly now more than ever. There is much real estate available and you're welcome to come back anytime. In addition, I deplore the current president and very possibly you.
Anne Latella July 14, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Silvio V. Buccieri July 14, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Anne Latella, if you stop writting & Bea C. there will be no one to back us up, I do not know this person Frank B. just keep tellig how it was and now. and you are not wrong on every level you are right on every level, and you are still part of Port Chester.. and frank there where wonderful times here in Port Chester, where were you???
Anne Latella July 14, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Sorry Frank your comments have no affect on me.


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