Fees

Ready to Serve Charges

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is a non-profit, public utility. Our rates produce only the revenues needed to support services and operations. Our rate structure is comprised of both variable rates and fixed fees and reflects the costs to provide services to different customers based on their usage characteristics. The Annotated Code of Maryland authorizes a fixed, Ready-To-Serve Charge that represents the fixed costs of delivery of service to customers, regardless of the volume of service used. The Ready-To Serve Charge is comprised of two components: the account maintenance fee and the infrastructure investment fee

Account Maintenance Fee

The Account Maintenance Fee (AMF) is a fixed fee that recovers the costs associated with the expenses and overhead of maintaining and servicing each account. These expenses include the cost of purchasing and reading meters; processing readings; generating and mailing bills; collecting payments; and providing customer services. Click to see the schedule of AMF.  Customer services include within AMF:

  • Providing agents to answer telephone, written, and in-person inquiries
  • Repairing and replacing meters
  • Maintaining meter pits

The account maintenance fee ensures that revenue will be received to cover the cost of customer services and meter maintenance. The fee increases as the meter size does because it is more costly to purchase and maintain larger meters.

The amount charged varies according to meter size. The account maintenance for customers with small meters is $64 each year, or $16 each quarter. This $16 fee fully recovers our current maintenance costs associated with a customer's account. The fee appears on each regular monthly, quarterly, or biannual bill; it does not apply to submeters or interconnect meters.

ACCOUNT MAINTENANCE FEE

SMALL METERS

July 1, 2018
QUARTER

5/8" -1"

 $16.00
LARGE METERS QUARTER
1 - 1/2"   $16.00
2"   $27.00
3"   $66.00
4"  $142.00
6"  $154.00
8"  $200.00
 10"  $246.00
 DETECTOR CHECK METERS QUARTER
5/8" to 1" $16.00
2"   $33.00
4"   $177.00
6"   $255.00
8"  $461.00
10"  $633.00
FIRE SERVICE METERS QUARTER
4" $182.00
6" $293.00
8" $452.00
10" $682.00
12" $989.00

 

Infrastructure Investment Fee

The Infrastructure Investment Fee (IIF) is a fixed fee that funds a portion of the debt service associated with the Commission’s water and sewer pipe reconstruction programs from the approved Capital Improvements Program.

Infrastructure Investment FEE

SMALL METERS July 1, 2017
Quarter
July 1, 2018
QUARTER
5/8"  $11.00  $11.00
3/4" 12.00 12.00
1" 14.00 14.00
LARGE METERS   QUARTER
1 - 1/2" $90.00   $90.00
2" $185.00  $185.00
3" $585.00  $585.00
4" $813.00 $813.00
6" $1265.00 $1265.00
8" $2,845.00 $2,845.00
10" $4,425.00 $4,425.00
FIRE SERVICE
METERS
  QUARTER
4" $499.00 $499.00
6" $616.00 $616.00
8" $2,524.00 $2,524.00
10" $2,714.00 $2,714.00
12" $5,214.00 $5,214.00

Miscellaneous Fees

Meter Test Fees
5/8" to 1" $261
1 1/2" $424
 2" and up $473
Missed Appointment Fee
First Missed Appointment $97
Additional Missed Appointment $110
Property Inspection Fee
Property Inspection Fee  $107
Returned Check Fee
Returned Check Fee  $46
Turn Off Fees   (Disconnection)
Small meter (5/8" - 1")   $80
Large meter (1 1/2" and up) $203
Turn On Fees   (Reconnection)
Small meter (5/8" - 1")  $89
Large meter (1 1/2" and up) $241
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