Laurel, Md. – December 15, 2021 – WSSC Water Commissioners today unanimously approved more than $400 million in contracts to upgrade and improve aging water and sewer infrastructure. The approval includes two $200 million contracts to rehabilitate sewer pipes across Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and two contracts totaling nearly $60 million to replace water mains along Allentown Road and Old Branch Avenue in Prince George’s County.
With approximately 45 percent of our 11,000 miles of water and sewer mains over 50 years old, replacing our aging buried assets remains a top priority for us,” said WSSC Water General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “Investing in water and sewer infrastructure protects public health and safety, creates jobs and drives economic development.”
WSSC Water’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Preliminary Proposed Budget was also unanimously approved by Commissioners today to submit to county governments for public hearing purposes. The budget includes significant cuts amid COVID-19’s devastating financial impact. WSSC Water has lost approximately $130 million in revenue during the past two fiscal years, which has required budget cuts of roughly $150 million in FYs 2020 through 2022. Today, one in five customers is past due on their bills – equating to more than 90,000 delinquent accounts totaling more than $70 million in arrears.
The $1.59 billion FY 2023 Preliminary Proposed Budget is based on a seven percent average rate increase – requiring $23.1 million in cuts. With the proposed 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 $16.99 in their bill.
“The cuts to this budget are deep and will be felt by our customers,” added Reid. “But let me stress that we will continue our 103-year track record of protecting public health and safety by providing safe, clean and reliable water.”
WSSC Water will hold two public hearings on the FY 2023 Preliminary Proposed Budget:
Prince George’s County
Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 7 p.m.
Department of the Environment Building
Conference Room 140
1801 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD 20774
Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 7 p.m.
Stella B. Werner Office Building
7th Floor Hearing Room
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
The meetings are currently planned as in-person meetings. There will be a livestream viewing option. Visit wsscwater.com/fin for details and any changes.
Please contact WSSC Water as soon as possible at 301-206-8100 if your attendance at any of these hearings will require an accommodation under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The formal budget document will be available January 15, 2022, at wsscwater.com/budget. Can’t make the hearings? Written comments can be submitted to BudgetGroup@wsscwater.com, or mailed to Budget Division Manager, WSSC Water, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707 by February 15, 2022. The proposed budget must be submitted to both the Prince George’s and Montgomery County Councils by March 1, 2022.