Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils Approve WSSC Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Nearly $1.5 Billion Budget Focused on Delivering Safe, Clean Drinking Water

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – May 9, 2019 – The Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils today approved WSSC’s nearly $1.5 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget. The approved budget allows for continued investment in repairing and replacing aging pipes, plants and pumps, and supports WSSC’s commitment to providing safe, clean drinking water that has always met strict federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

“Our nearly $1.5 billion FY20 budget has been carefully developed to continue our unparalleled commitment to water quality, safety and financial stability,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “This budget also creates jobs, supports local businesses and fosters continued economic growth throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.”

The two county councils held their annual 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.

WSSC’s FY20 budget includes a combined 5 percent average revenue increase and will take effect July 1, 2019. The budget document can be viewed here: wsscwater.com/fin.

Highlights of the FY 2020 Budget include:

  • $75.8 million to replace approximately 25 miles of small diameter water mains and invest in new technologies to better detect leaking pipes;
  • $64.7 million to replace approximately 20 miles of small diameter sewer mains partially funded by state grants from the Bay Restoration Fund;
  • $40.4 million to replace large diameter water mains and valves;
  • $58.1 million to construct the Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility Bioenergy Project using low-interest loans from the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Financing Administration;
  • $17.6 million to continue implementation of the advanced meter reading infrastructure;
  • $28 million to complete upgrades to the Potomac and Patuxent Water Filtration Plants;
  • $6.8 million to complete upgrades to Duckett and Brighton Dams;
  • $5.9 million to continue upgrades to more energy efficient equipment and systems; and
  • $3 million to continue the rehabilitation of WSSC’s 60 water storage facilities.

Also expected to begin on July 1, WSSC is changing how it charges for water and sewer with a modern and simplified rate structure. With the new rate structure, combined with the five percent revenue increase, a family of three that uses the average amount of water (55 gallons per person per day) will see their quarterly bill increase by about $4. The typical household size in WSSC’s service area is a three-person household. For more information about the new rate structure, and to use an online bill calculator to estimate future bills, customers are encouraged to visit wsscwater.com/billchanges.

To help customers understand the changes and benefits of the new rate structure and other customer service improvements, WSSC is hosting a series of open house meetings in both counties. For more information, and to RSVP, visit wsscwater.com/openhouse.

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day.

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