Where Does Your Money Go?

Beginning July 1, 2018, customer water and sewer bills will include a 4.5 percent rate increase. This adds $6.12 per quarter to the average residential customer bill.*

The combined total for the WSSC Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget is $1.4 billion.

Where does your money go? Listed below are the major components of the FY 2019 budget. For more information, visit wsscwater.com/fin

Budget Highlights


  • $99.9 million to replace approximately 45 miles of small diameter water mains and 6 miles of large water diameter mains.
  • $3.7 million for inspection and repair of 18 miles of Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP)
  • $1.2 million for acoustic fiber optic monitoring of 107 miles of PCCP
  • $64.7 million to replace approximately 20 miles of small diameter sewer mains
  • $40.7 million to replace large diameter water mains and valves


  • $40.3 million to construct the Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility Bio-Energy Project
  • $401 million to implement the first year of the FYs 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program  
  • $18.8 million for the implementation of a new Customer Billing system
  • $15.9 million to continue implementation of advanced metering infrastructure
  • $23 million to complete upgrades to the Potomac and Patuxent Water Filtration Plants
  • $7.8 million to complete upgrades to Duckett and Brighton Dams
  • $8 million to continue upgrading WSSC’s 60 water storage facilities

* Budget assumptions are based on average household water usage of 143 gallons per day.












Budget Process

Annually, the WSSC proposed budget is made available to the public no later than January 15th. Then, public hearings are held to receive feedback and testimony before the budget is sent to Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils for review. Both Counties must approve the annual WSSC budget. The approved budget takes effect on July 1st .


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