Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils Approve WSSC FY 2019 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 10, 2018: The Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils today approved WSSC’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 operating and capital budget of $1.4 billion. The budget calls for a combined 4.5 percent increase in water and sewer rates, resulting in an additional $2.04 per month ($6.12 per quarter) to the average residential customer bill.

"Our FY19 budget has been carefully developed to continue our investment in safe, clean, reliable drinking water, while improving customer service for the 1.8 million residents we proudly serve,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “Our budget also creates jobs, supports local businesses and fosters continued economic growth throughout Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.”

The two county councils held their annual joint bi-county meeting today at WSSC’s headquarters to approve WSSC’s 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.

Highlights of the FY 2019 budget include:

  • $99.9 million to replace approximately 45 miles of small diameter water mains
  • $64.7 million to replace approximately 20 miles of small diameter sewer mains
  • $40.7 million to replace large diameter water mains and valves
  • $40.3 million to construct the Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility Bio-Energy Project
  • $27.7 million to continue implementation of advanced meter reading infrastructure
  • $23 million to complete upgrades to the Potomac and Patuxent Water Filtration Plants
  • $7.8 million to complete upgrades to Duckett and Brighton Dams
  • $8 million to continue the rehabilitation of WSSC’s 60 water storage facilities

The FY 2019 budget is an increase of $11.2 million (0.8 percent) more than the FY 2018 budget. The operating budget of $781.6 million is an increase of $40.4 million (5.4 percent) over the prior year, while the capital budget of $656.3 million is a decrease of $29.2 million (-4.3 percent) from last year.

The approved budget will take effect on July 1, 2018, 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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