Montgomery, Prince George’s Councils Approve FY13 Budget

The $1.4 billion operating and capital budget includes funding for water and sewer reconstruction programs, Sanitary Sewer Overflow Consent Decree compliance, and inspection and repair of critical water and sewer infrastructure

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – May 10, 2012: The Prince George’s and Montgomery County councils today approved the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s (WSSC) Fiscal 2013 operating and capital budget of $1.458 billion. The new spending plan will, among other things, pay for water and sewer reconstruction programs, inspection and repair of critical water and sewer infrastructure and increased costs of Sanitary Sewer Overflow Consent Decree compliance.

The budget allows for increased water and sewer reconstruction during the next fiscal year, including the replacement of 46 miles of water main and the rehabilitation of 55 miles of sewer main. It will also pay for the inspection and repair of 12 miles of Pre-stressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP), including the installation of acoustic fiber optic cable for monitoring of the pipes’ condition, and increased funding for the Sewer Lateral Inspection Program.

The budget is funded by a 7.5% average increase in water and sewer rates lower than the Spending Affordability guidelines of 8.5% set by both counties during the fall. The rate increase would add approximately $4.86 per month to the bill of a customer who uses 210 gallons of water per day.

“No one wants to see a rate increase, however, the councils have passed a budget that balances the financial impact on our customers with the overall benefit of improved operating and capital programs we believe are necessary to support quality water and sewer services now and in the future.” said Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager/CEO. “Much of the increase is about maintaining and, where necessary, replacing our aging infrastructure so we can continue to provide dependable service for our customers.”

The two Councils also presented proclamations recognizing WSSC Budget Group Leader Sheila Cohen for nearly 32 years of service, including 18 years as budget director. Cohen is retiring at the end of May.

WSSC is one of the nation’s largest water and sewer utilities. It operates and maintains a system of three water reservoirs impounding 14 billion gallons of water, two water filtration plants, seven wastewater treatment plants, nearly 5,600 miles of water main, and more than 5,400 miles of sewer main, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The new budget and rates will take effect on July 1, 2012.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.

 

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