The New York City Water Board has approved another rate hike, and that means New Yorkers will be paying more starting in July.
The 5.6 percent increase means the bill for a typical single-family home will go up about $4 per month, and $3 for multi-family homes.
The hike was recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection, which said it needs the money to maintain services.
"For the water we consume, for the water we wash with, for the water we use to flush our toilets and also, the responsible disposal of that water, the environmentally acceptable way to dispose of that water, it's maybe $1, a little over $1 a day, something like that, for each of us," said Alan Ross, chairman of the New York City Water Board.
Critics pointed to the increase in bills over the last five years as proof that New Yorkers should not have to pay more.