WSSC Commissioners Vote on Rate Structure Recommendation and HomeServe USA Contract at Monthly Meeting
Public Hearing on Proposed 2018 Front Foot Benefit Rates and House Connection Charges Following Commission Meeting
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel, Md. – November 14, 2017 – WSSC Commissioners are expected to vote on the rate structure recommendation to submit to both Montgomery and Prince George’s County governments at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 15 at 10 a.m. at WSSC’s headquarters in Laurel. The meeting is open to the public and will be livestreamed on WSSC’s website. The agenda includes an opportunity for members of the public to provide comments on the proposed rate structure and other Commission-related topics.
The Commissioners received management’s rate structure recommendation at their fifth special meeting last Wednesday. The recommendation follows a transparent and collaborative public process involving nationally-renowned rate structure experts, an authority on Maryland water conservation, a consumer advocate and affordability expert, and extensive customer outreach. WSSC’s current rate structure was adopted 25 years ago and good management practice dictates periodic review of rate structure alternatives.
Throughout the rate structure development process, WSSC engaged in an extensive public outreach campaign to garner input and feedback from residential and non-residential customers, elected officials and other interested stakeholders in both counties. In total, WSSC held or participated in 21 public meetings and/or hearings since spring 2017, which were attended by more than 1,200 customers and generated more than 300 total comments on the proposed rate structures. Additionally, all WSSC meetings were livestreamed and seen by nearly 2,500 viewers.
Wednesday’s agenda also includes a vote on whether or not to renew the contract with HomeServe USA, which began offering on-property pipe repair service plans to WSSC residential customers in July 2016. The optional plans provide affordable protection from the cost of unexpected on-property plumbing repairs -- including water service line leaks, sewer line blockages/breaks and in-home plumbing issues.
The complete agenda, including links to presentations, can be found on WSSC’s website.
Following the monthly commission meeting, WSSC will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2018 Front Foot Benefit rates and House Connection charges. The public hearing will be held in the auditorium of WSSC’s headquarters in Laurel starting at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and provide comment/testimony pertaining to the proposed rates and charges, which become effective January 1, 2018. Customers can visit the WSSC website for more information.
Established in 1918, today WSSC is among the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation. We proudly serve the 1.8 million residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, providing life’s most precious resource. WSSC drinking water has always met or exceeded federal standards.