Laurel, Md. – April 19, 2021 – WSSC Water Commissioners are holding their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, beginning at 10 a.m. The virtual meeting is open to the public via livestream from WSSC Water’s website.
This month’s agenda includes a detailed financial assistance presentation. Management will detail the ongoing COVID-19-related loss of revenue due to decreased water usage from commercial customers and increased unemployment impacting residential customers’ ability to pay their bills. They also will outline plans to end the late fee waiver program for customers on June 1, 2021. Staff also will highlight plans to continue suspending water service shutoffs during the pandemic and waiving late fees for those enrolled in WSSC Water’s Customer Assistance Program (CAP).
More than one year into the pandemic, WSSC Water is experiencing a 74 percent increase in the amount of money owed by customers compared to before the pandemic began. As of mid-April, $63 million is past due (approximately 86,000 accounts) compared to $36 million past due (about 73,000 accounts) at the end of February 2020.
WSSC Water began waiving late fees on March 12, 2020, to assist customers during the global public health crisis.
During the financial assistance briefing, management will detail WSSC Water’s commitment to making water and sewer bills more affordable by enhancing financial assistance programs, expanding payment plans to more customers and engaging in extensive outreach through their Here to Help campaign.
Any customer, including commercial and government accounts, can establish a convenient payment plan. There is no minimum payment required; WSSC Water will work with customers to set up a flexible plan that fits any budget and enables them to pay what they can afford. To establish a payment plan, please call our Customer Service Advisors at 301-206-4001, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Please visit wsscwater.com/assistance for information about all the customer assistance options available.
The monthly meeting includes a call-in option to ensure interested stakeholders can provide input. The public comment period starts shortly after 10 a.m.
Public Viewing / Participation Details
Watch: Virtual meeting broadcast link
Call-in number to provide comment: 240-800-7929 Conference ID: 516 434 9#
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.
- Those wanting to speak should watch the meeting via the link above to know when it’s time to call.
- Please do not call in before the public comment period starts.
- When calling in to speak, turn down your computer’s volume to avoid audio issues.
- Members of the public will have three minutes to speak.
As part of WSSC Water’s commitment to public engagement and transparency, the live broadcast of this meeting 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, with links to all presentations, can be found on WSSC Water’s website.