ADVISORY: Citizens Group Will Convene to Begin Review of WSSC’s Rate Structure

Input from broad spectrum of stakeholders will inform future of water and wastewater funding issues

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – October 27, 2016 – WSSC is convening a Stakeholders Representative Group (SRG) on Tuesday, November 1, at its Laurel headquarters for the first of three meetings to solicit feedback regarding potential water and wastewater rate structures. The SRG’s members include civic federations, industry representatives, environmental groups and individual citizens.

WSSC has been examining its entire financial structure for a number of years with an eye on meeting current and future needs. Aging infrastructure, combined with flat water usage and growing population, is putting significant stress on WSSC’s budget. The current conservation-based, tiered-rate structure has been in place for nearly 40 years and has come under increasing criticism. (The number of tiers was reduced from 100 to 16 in July 1992.)

In 2010, WSSC formed the Bi-County Infrastructure Funding Working Group, made up of representatives from Montgomery and Prince George’s county government, WSSC staff and external subject matter experts. Included in the 2012 group recommendations was a comprehensive study of WSSC’s basic rate structure.

The first meeting of the SRG will serve as an overview and orientation to its members. Black & Veatch, the consulting firm that is conducting the Comprehensive Cost of Service Analysis and Rate study, will facilitate the meeting. Subsequent meetings will be held on Tuesday, November 29, and Thursday, January 5, 2017. These meetings will delve deeper into WSSC-specific rate issues.

SRG meetings will be open to the public, with the first meeting being held at WSSC Headquarters, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. While the public is welcome to attend, questions or comments will be held until the end of each formal SRG session.

If you plan on attending or have questions, please contact Letitia Carolina-Powell at 301.206.8379 or Letitia.Carolina-Powell@wsscwater.com.

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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