N.Y. Public Service Law Section 89-L
Municipal water systems


For the purposes of this section, and for the purposes of any jurisdiction conferred by it upon the public service commission, a municipality is one which owns, maintains or operates, or proposes to own, maintain or operate, a water system, or which sells, furnishes or distributes, or proposes to sell, furnish or distribute, water for domestic, commercial or public uses, whether provided by its own system or the system of a water-works corporation or another municipality. As so limited, the term “municipality” for the purposes of this section, means a city, town, village or public district; and a “public district,” as here used, is a district or other territorial division, whether incorporated or not, whose affairs are managed by any officer or officers, person or persons, elected by voters or taxpayers or appointed by a public officer or officers, and includes, without excluding others, a water district, water supply district and a fire district. The other provisions of this chapter shall not apply to such a municipality, nor to its said business of owning, maintaining or operating a water system or of selling, furnishing or distributing water, except such provisions as are applied by this section by express reference. The jurisdiction of the public service commission, with respect to such a municipality or its said business, is that, and only that, provided for in this section.


Each such municipality shall file with the public service commission a copy of the annual report of its division, bureau or department of water.

Source: Section 89-L — Municipal water systems, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBS/89-L (updated Jan. 20, 2023; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

Last modified:
Jan. 20, 2023

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