NYC plumbers to pay $1.7 million for city plumbing inspection
NYC plumbing inspection workers who inspected more than 2,000 businesses and restaurants last year are owed more than $1 million, according to a letter the city sent to a group of plumbers that represents them.
The $1,634,800 owed to the plumbers is the first time the city has acknowledged the full extent of the damage to the plumbing systems caused by the state-mandated inspection.
It comes after a report last year from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene showed more than 3,000 plumbing problems that were not corrected.
The city has also paid out $2 million to three other plumbers who were not reimbursed for work they did in the past two years, according the letter, dated May 27.
The letter says the city was unable to find an appropriate resolution to cover the $2.3 million in outstanding debt.
In a statement, the city said the total amount owed is less than 1 percent of the total work done by the inspectors.
The letter, which the city did not disclose, says the state mandated inspection program is designed to help plumbers provide an accurate and timely inspection of plumbing systems.
It also says the work inspectors did was performed at the direction of the city’s Public Works Department.
The state requires contractors to follow all applicable building codes, the letter says.