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WSSC Water wants you to know all the facts and figures about our budget and our Capital Improvements Program.

WSSC Water's budget process

Maryland law requires that each year, WSSC Water prepare capital and operating budgets to show funding and staff requirements, organizational components, and its source of funds.

The budget process begins with WSSC Water's many divisions and departments submitting their requests, in line with the General Manager's guidance. Management reviews the requests, then the General Manager presents recommendations to the Commissioners. Following their review, the Commissioners approve a proposed budget for public hearing and make a budget document available to the public before January 15. Public hearings on the proposed budget are then held in Montgomery County and Prince George's County before February 15. Comments and testimony from those hearings are considered before the proposed budget is sent to the counties, which by law must be by March 1 of each year.

The County Councils and County Executives then review the budget and make recommendations; any amendments must be approved by June 1. When the counties' actions have been received, WSSC Water adopts an Approved Budget and sets the levels for charges, fees, and taxes. The Approved Budget takes effect on July 1.

Once a budget is adopted, WSSC Water's total expenditures may not exceed the approved budget without an approved budget supplement, which must be approved by the Montgomery and Prince George's County Councils.

Current fiscal year budget overview

The Approved Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget for all operating and capital funds totals $1.556 billion or $100.8 million (6.9%) more than the Approved FY 2021 Budget. The Approved Operating Budget of $852.1 million represents an increase of $2.4 million (0.3%) over the FY 2021 Approved Operating Budget of $849.7 million.

For details, see the FY 2022 Approved Budget

Fiscal Year 2023 Proposed Budget Overview

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Proposed Budget for all operating and capital funds totals $1.48 billion, which is $76.1 million less than the FY 2022 Approved Budget. The proposed budget is based on a seven percent average rate increase. A typical customer with a family of three, using 55 gallons of water per person per day, would see a quarterly increase of $16.92 in their bill.

In response to COVID-19’s devastating financial impact, WSSC Water cut nearly $134 million from the proposed budget, including more than $110 million in capital projects – impacting water and sewer work in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Click on the links below to view details on the $23.1 million in cuts to the FY 2023 proposed operating budget and $110.5 million in cuts to the FY 2023 proposed capital budget.

For details, see the FY 2023 Proposed Budget

FY 2023 Operating Budget reductions Totaling $23.1 Million and Impact Statements

FY 2023 Capital Improvements Program Reductions Totaling $110.5 Million and Impact Statements

FYs 2024-2029 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Public Hearing Dates
Montgomery County
Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.
Stella B. Werner Office Building
7th Floor Hearing Room
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Prince George’s County
Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.
Department of the Environment Building
Conference Room 140
1801 McCormick Drive
Largo, Maryland 20774

The Proposed CIP for FY 2024-2029 should be available for review in mid-August 2022.

The public comment period will remain open until Monday, September 19, 2022. Per State law, the agency must submit a Proposed CIP to the two Counties prior to October 1, 2022.

Capital Improvements Program overview

The Proposed FYs 2023-2028 Capital Improvements Program includes an estimated combined total program of $5.9 billion, approximately $362 million greater than the Adopted FYs 2022-2027 CIP.  Estimated combined expenditures in the six-year program period are approximately $4.2 billion, $442 million greater than the previous CIP.  Expenditures for FY'23 are estimated at $736.0 million for the combined program, $24.1 million greater than the previous CIP.

View the Proposed 2023-2028 CIP

The Adopted FYs 2022-2027 Capital Improvements Program includes an estimated combined total program of $5.6 billion.  Estimated combined expenditures in the six-year program period are approximately $3.8 billion.  Expenditures for FY'22 are estimated at $711.9 million for the combined program.

View 2022-2027 Adopted CIP Details

Capital Improvements Program formulation process

Maryland law requires that WSSC Water prepare a six-year Capital Improvements Program for major water and sanitary sewerage facilities and submit it to Montgomery County and Prince George's County before October 1 each year. After the County Councils' final action on the CIP, WSSC Water makes any necessary changes and adopts the CIP before the first fiscal year of the six-year program.

Public Searchable Database

Pursuant to §17-401 of the Maryland Annotated Code, Public Utilities Article, this searchable database contains payments made by WSSC Water to a payee in the aggregate amount of $25,000 or greater in a single fiscal year (July 1-June 30) beginning with Fiscal Year 2019.

Underserved and Unserved Areas

Over the past 15 years WSSC Water has worked with staff from both Prince George’s and Montgomery County Governments to improve the affordability of water and sewer extensions for customers inside the service envelope in the County’s Ten Year Water & Sewer Plans. Below are links to a review of this issue in 2006 and 2014. 

Last Modified: August 9, 2022, 4:03 pm EDT