WSSC Commissioners to Vote on Final Rate Structure Recommendation at Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting Open to Public and Livestreamed

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – July 17, 2018 – WSSC Commissioners are expected to vote on a new rate structure at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 18, starting at 10 a.m., at WSSC’s headquarters in Laurel. The new tiered rate structure is expected to go into effect on July 1, 2019. Until then, WSSC will program and test the rate structure in WSSC’s new billing system, which is expected to launch next spring.

Tomorrow’s vote follows their sixth special meeting, held today, in which Commissioners received management’s final rate structure recommendation following 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 held or participated in more than 30 public meetings or hearings since spring 2017, which were attended by approximately 1,500 customers and generated more than 300 total comments. Additionally, all WSSC meetings were livestreamed and seen by nearly 2,500 viewers.

WSSC’s existing water and sewer rate structure is more than 25 years old and good management practice dictates periodic review of rate structure alternatives. Additionally, the Maryland Public Service Commission directed WSSC to develop a new rate structure after ruling the current 16-tier structure was unreasonable because they found it to be preferential to low-usage customers.

WSSC customers and members of the public will have an opportunity to provide comments at the public meeting, which also will be livestreamed on WSSC’s website.

For additional information and to view recordings of past rate structure meetings, visit www.wsscwater.com/ratestudy. The complete monthly meeting agenda, including links to each presentation, can be found 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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