WSSC Water Commissioners to Select New Chair and Vice Chair, and Adopt Nearly $1.5 Billion Budget at Monthly Meeting

Public Invited to View Livestream of Monthly Meeting

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – June 16, 2020 – WSSC Water Commissioners are scheduled to select a new chair and vice chair for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 17. The meeting, which starts at 10 a.m., is open to the public via livestream from WSSC Water’s website.

Commissioners are also scheduled to formally adopt WSSC Water’s nearly $1.5 billion FY21 operating and capital budget. The budget will allow WSSC Water to continue protecting public health by upgrading aging pipes, plants and pumps across both counties to ensure safe, clean drinking water continues to flow to homes and businesses.

The investment in water infrastructure helps protect public health, while creating jobs and fostering economic growth throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Project highlights of the FY21 budget include:

  • $72.5 million to replace approximately 25 miles of small diameter water mains and invest in new technologies to better detect leaking pipes;
  • $55.5 million to replace approximately 20 miles of small diameter sewer mains partially funded by state grants from the Bay Restoration Fund;
  • $58.1 million to replace large diameter water mains and valves;
  • $69.5 million to replace large diameter sewer mains;
  • $61.3 million to construct the Piscataway Bioenergy Project using low-interest loans from the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Financing Administration;
  • $24.1 million to continue planned upgrades to the Potomac and Patuxent Water Filtration Plants; and
  • $7.6 million to continue upgrades to more energy efficient equipment and systems.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact, WSSC Water included an additional $324,000 from the current budget to help more customers struggling to pay their water and sewer bills – for a total of $3.2 million in the FY21 budget. To learn more about WSSC Water’s assistance programs, visit the assistance page. Eligibility requirements do apply.

The FY21 budget also includes a six percent average rate increase. With the increase, a typical customer with a family of three, using 55 gallons of water per person, per day, would see a quarterly increase of $11.38 in their bill. The budget and the new rates will go into effect on July 1, 2020.

As part of WSSC Water’s commitment to public engagement and transparency, the live broadcast allows viewers to observe agency business, including the review of contracts and policies, and a monthly synopsis of WSSC Water’s operations. The complete agenda can be found on WSSC Water’s website.

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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