WSSC Commissioners Scheduled to Adopt New Rate Structure at Wednesday’s Commission Meeting

Commissioners Also Scheduled to Vote on FY 2020 Budget and Select New Chair and Vice Chair

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – June 18, 2019 – WSSC Commissioners are scheduled to adopt a new, modern rate structure on Wednesday, June 19, as part of their monthly meeting held at WSSC headquarters in Laurel. The meeting, which starts at 10 a.m., is open to the public and available via livestream directly on WSSC’s website.

The new rate structure, expected to take effect July 1, 2019, changes the way WSSC charges for water and sewer services. Implementation of the simplified rate structure follows years of extensive public input and outreach involving dozens of public meetings attended by thousands of customers.

Commissioners also will vote to approve WSSC’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 operating and capital budget. The nearly $1.5 billion 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. WSSC’s FY20 budget, which includes a combined five percent average revenue increase, also takes effect July 1, 2019. 

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.

Additionally, Commissioners are scheduled to select a new chair and vice chair for FY20. As part of WSSC’s commitment to public engagement and transparency, the live broadcast allows viewers to observe agency business. This includes the review of contracts and policies, and a monthly synopsis of WSSC’s operations. The complete agenda, including links to presentations, 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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