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ECWA Board of Commissioners Approve Increased Spending Budget

NOVEMBER 17, 2017

BUFFALO, NY - The Erie County Water Authority's (ECWA) Board of Commissioners has approved an increase to its yearly capital spending budget, set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2018

The Authority's capital budget - the amount devoted to vital infrastructure replacement - was $32 million in 2017 and will increase by $4 million to $36 million, heading into the new year.

Despite this rise in spending, 97 percent of ECWA customers will only see a 5 cent (per 1,000 gallons) increase to the price of water. For an average water user (using 17,000 gallons), this works out to an additional 85 cents on their bill per quarter. Moreover, the Quarterly Infrastructure Investment Charge will remain static for customers with a 1-inch or smaller service meter. As a result, ECWA will continue to commit significant funds to upgrade its distribution system - pipelines, tanks, plants, and pump stations.

For questions, please contact ECWA Customer Service at 716-849-8444, or visit

About the ECWA:

The Erie County Water Authority is an independent, public water utility that provides safe, clean drinking water to more than 550,000 consumers in 35 municipalities throughout Western New York that rely on its product and reliable service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.