Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils Approve WSSC FY 2018 Budget

$1.4 Billion Operating and Capital Budget Focuses on Replacing Aging Infrastructure

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LAUREL, Md. – May 12, 2017: The Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils yesterday approved WSSC’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 operating and capital budget of $1.4 billion. Both county councils held their bi-county meeting on Thursday afternoon to approve WSSC’s FY 2018 budget, along with the budgets for the bi-county portion of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Central Administrative Services and the Washington Suburban Transit Commission.

“Our FY 2018 budget continues WSSC’s commitment to replace aging infrastructure and invest in projects designed to deliver safe, clean water to 1.8 million residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties,” said Carla A. Reid, WSSC’s General Manager and CEO.  “We appreciate both county councils’ approval of our budget, which is a vote of confidence in WSSC, our people and our clean water mission.”

Highlights of the FY 2018 budget include:

  • $148.9 million to replace large diameter sewer mains
  • $111.9 million to replace approximately 55 miles of small diameter water mains
  • $63 million to replace approximately 20 miles of small diameter sewer mains
  • $41.5 million to replace large diameter water mains and valves
  • $10.6 million to upgrade two WSSC dams: T. Howard Duckett Dam (on the T. Howard Duckett Reservoir); and Brighton Dam (on the Triadelphia Reservoir)
  • $8.9 million to continue Phase II expansion of the Patuxent Water Filtration Plant

The FY 2018 budget is 0.8 percent, or $10.8 million more than the FY 2017 approved budget and includes a combined 3.5 percent average increase in water and sewer rates. The proposed increase meets the spending affordability guidelines approved by Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. The rate increase will add approximately $1.46 per month – or $4.38 per quarter -- to the average customer’s bill.

The approved budget will take effect on July 1, 2017, and can be viewed on WSSC’s website.

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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