Reminder: WSSC Water Hosts Virtual Public Hearings on Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

$1.5 Billion Budget Invests in Clean-Water Projects to Protect Public Health and Increases Funding to Assist Financially Struggling Customers

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Public Invited to Tune in and Provide Comments

Laurel, Md. – February 1, 2021 – WSSC Water will host two virtual public hearings next week for interested customers and stakeholders to provide feedback on its Preliminary Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Capital and Operating budget. Staff will provide an overview of the $1.553 billion proposed budget (Capital: $700.9 million, Operating: $852.1 million), and then receive public comments. Interested members of the public can visit wsscwater.com/fin to find complete budget details.

Investing in water infrastructure helps protect public health while creating jobs and fostering economic growth throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The preliminary proposed budget is funded with a proposed 5.9 percent average rate increase, which complies with the Spending Affordability Guidelines set by Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils. A typical customer -- a family of three using 55 gallons of water per person, per day -- would see a quarterly increase of $11.83 in their bill.

Because of the pandemic’s economic impact, WSSC Water is including $3.3 million in the proposed FY22 budget - a $100,000 increase from the current fiscal year budget - to help more customers struggling to pay their water and sewer bills. To learn more about WSSC Water’s financial assistance programs, visit the assistance page. Eligibility requirements do apply.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Watch:
Virtual meeting broadcast link for viewing
Call-in: 240-800-7929
Conference ID: 591 385 354#

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Watch:
Virtual meeting broadcast link for viewing
Call-in: 1-240-800-7929
Conference ID: 246 712 350#

The February 3 public hearing will also be broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery. Viewers can access the live broadcast stream online at montgomerycountymd.gov/ccm/ or by tuning to Comcast Channel 6/996, RCN Channel 6/1056 or Verizon Channel 30.

Please note the following:

  • The virtual meeting link is not active until the meeting starts.
  • If stakeholders only want to watch the meeting, the call-in number is not needed.
  • The public comment period will start after the staff presentation.
  • Those wanting to speak should watch the meeting using the link above to know when it’s time to call.
  • Participants will have three minutes to speak.
  • Please do not call in before the public comment period starts.
  • When calling in to speak, turn down the computer sound to avoid audio issues.

Written comments can be submitted electronically to BudgetGroup@wsscwater.com or mailed to Budget Division Manager, WSSC Water, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707 until February 15, 2021.

Individuals requiring accommodations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact WSSC Water at 301-206-8110. Customers with service or billing-related questions should call 301-206-4001.

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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