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Laurel, Md. – January 26, 2022 – WSSC Water is hosting two virtual public hearings next week for interested customers and stakeholders to provide feedback on its Preliminary Proposed Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Capital and Operating budget. Staff will provide an overview of the $1.59 billion proposed budget and then receive public comments. Interested members of the public can visit wsscwater.com/fin to find complete budget details.

The budget includes significant cuts amid COVID-19’s devastating financial impact. From FY20 through FY22, WSSC Water has lost approximately $150 million in revenue, which has required the same level of cuts to the budget. Today, one in five customers is past due on their bills – equating to approximately 90,000 delinquent accounts totaling $66 million in arrears. Because of COVID-19’s economic impact, WSSC Water’s FY23 budget also includes $3.5 million – a $200,000 increase from the current fiscal year budget – to help more customers afford their water/sewer bills.

The $1.59 billion preliminary proposed budget is funded with a proposed 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.

The virtual public hearings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 7 pm
Virtual meeting link for viewing
Call-in #: 240-800-7929
Conference ID:  525 328 559#

Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 7 p.m.
Virtual meeting link for viewing
Call-in #: 240-800-7929
Conference ID: 302 322 483#

The February 3 public hearing will also be broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery. Viewers can access the live broadcast stream online at montgomerycountymd.gov/ccm/ or by tuning to Comcast Channel 6/996, RCN Channel 6/1056 or Verizon Channel 30.

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 unnecessary.
  • The public comment period starts after the staff presentation.
  • Those wishing to speak should watch the meeting using the link above to know when to call.
  • Participants have three minutes to speak.
  • Please do not call in before the public comment period starts.
  • When calling in to speak, turn down the computer sound to avoid audio issues.

Though not required, persons desiring to speak at either of the hearings can visit wsscwater.com/fin to sign up to be placed on the list of speakers in advance of the hearings.

Individuals requiring accommodations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact WSSC Water at 301-206-8100. Customers with service or billing-related questions should call 301-206-4001.

Written comments can be submitted electronically to BudgetGroup@wsscwater.com or mailed to Budget Division Manager, WSSC Water, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707 until February 15, 2022. The proposed budget must be submitted to both the Prince George’s and Montgomery County Councils by March 1, 2022.



WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.