MEDIA ADVISORY: WSSC Seeks Public Input on New Rate Structure
Extensive Public Outreach Includes Informational Meetings Goal is to Adopt New Rate Structure July 1, 2018
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAUREL, Md. – April 27, 2017: WSSC is engaging in an extensive public outreach campaign to ensure customers are fully aware of plans to change its current rate structure, which is scheduled to be adopted on July 1, 2018. A key component of the outreach efforts includes a series of public meetings to help inform WSSC customers on the rate structures under consideration and the impacts these options have on their water and sewer bill.
WSSC will host three rate structure informational meetings, which will include a presentation on the options under consideration and time to answer questions. The same information will be shared at each meeting.
WHERE & WHEN
May 8, 2017, 7:30 PM
Prince George's County
May 9, 2017, 7:30 PM
May 10, 2017, 7:30 PM
WSSC’s current 16-tier rate structure has been in place since July 1992. Since last summer, WSSC has been actively engaged in a transparent rate structure study involving input from customers, stakeholders, and county government representatives. The new rate structure is intended to better align operational and capital costs with rates. Additionally, a new rate structure will provide a more predictable revenue stream to pay for infrastructure improvements. With more than a third of WSSC water mains over 50 years old, replacing aging infrastructure is key to WSSC’s mission to deliver safe, clean water. Efforts to develop a new rate structure also are consistent with the recent ruling from the Maryland Public Service Commission, which ordered WSSC to develop a new reasonable rate structure.
Additional information on the rate study can be found here: https://www.wsscwater.com/ratestudy. WSSC will host four additional public meetings in June. Those unable to attend any of the planned meetings can provide comments to: BudgetGroup@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.