December, 2020 Archive

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Johnson City’s public services explains high water bills

first_imgHowever, a high water bill isn’t always due to a leak. We are still waiting to hear back from the Binghamton Water Department. “A minimum bill went from $136 a quarter to $160 dollars a quarter,” Bennett said. Robert Bennett, director of public services, said the village raised water, sewage and refuses rates in June. “Toilets typically are the culprit of a large water bill,” Bennett said, “if it just has a small leak, it can add up to a lot of water being used because water’s being used to fill that tank back up continuous.” On average, Johnson City residents’ bills went up about 17%. He said filling pools, watering flowers or even having guests in your home could add up quickly.center_img Bennett recommends people track their water meter on a regular basis to stay on top of usage. “That’s why I don’t like to use the word, ‘you have a leak’ because we don’t know what the customer’s daily living habits are,” Bennett said. Bennett said if you suspect you may have a leak, check your toilet first. Bennett said if you have a high water bill, then the water department will read your meter. If the meter indicates unusually high usage of water, Bennett suggests calling a plumber to locate the leak. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Viewers in Johnson City and Binghamton reached out to 12 News about abnormally high water bills. Now, Johnson City’s director of public services has responded with a few reasons why some peoples’ quarterly water, sewage and refuse bills might seem higher than normal.last_img read more

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4,000 COVID-19 tests on hand in Broome County

first_imgGarnar says the county requested 6,000 tests and is looking to find more. He says he’d “sell his soul” to get more tests. 12 News will have more coverage of this story in its 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced the county now has 4,000 COVID-19 tests available. The county executive says there should be a large expansion of testing coming. A map detailing where cases are located in the county can be found by clicking here. Broome County April 6 coronavirus update There are 72 positive cases of the virus in the county. 13 people have been hospitalized and 45 are at home. Nine people have recovered. According to county officials, 3,000 tests cost about $16,000. 18 people are in precautionary quarantine and 133 are in mandatory quarantine. Coronavirus numbers Garnar says a fifth person in Broome County has passed away from the coronavirus. The victim was a male in their 80s. 21 cases are pending. Testinglast_img read more

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Binghamton Pond Festival canceled for 2021

first_img(WBNG) — The Annual Binghamton Pond Fest has been canceled for 2021, according to the event’s Facebook page. They said current restrictions in New York State prohibit games or scrimmages of high-risk sports such as ice hockey. The event organizers decided to cancel Pond Fest due to coronavirus quarantine rules, limitations on gatherings in New York State and potentially contributing to the spread of the virus.  The event organizers also said finances were a part of their decision. They said they hope to hold the event in 2022.last_img read more

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