Sewer Overflow Claims

Department of Environmental Protection: Sewer overflow claims fell by 20 percent between FY 2012-2013 and FY 2014-2015. In FY 2012-2013, there were 1,296 sewer overflow claims filed against DEP. In FY 2014-2015, there were 1,035 claims filed, with the number falling significantly from FY 14 (589) to FY 15 (446). This represents a significant improvement for DEP and should yield savings for the City in the coming years.

There were significant changes in where the claims came from during this time period. Community District 5 in Brooklyn and Community District 10 in Queens had more than 100 additional claims filed in FY 2014 and 2015 than in FY 2012 and 2013. By comparison, Community District 18 in Brooklyn and Community District 2 in Staten Island saw their claims activity decline by more than 100 claims during this time period.

Sewer claims continue to be concentrated in low-lying areas of the City, including Staten Island and in communities surrounding Jamaica Bay.