Rate Study Report

Comprehensive Cost of Service Analysis and Rate Study

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) recently ordered WSSC to develop a new rate structure. The PSC ruled that WSSC’s current rate structure is unduly preferential to low-usage customers.   WSSC’s current rate structure was adopted 25 years ago and needs to be updated to comply with this order and reflect currently available data and costs.

In May 2016, WSSC initiated a comprehensive water and wastewater cost of service analysis and rate study. The study’s goal: to help WSSC establish water and wastewater rate structures that achieve the multiple objectives of revenue stability, equitable cost recovery and rate payer affordability. Background Information 

Informational Meetings

WSSC will hold a series of seven informational meetings to share the rate structure examples and the potential impacts to water and sewer bills. Customers are invited to attend these scheduled meetings to provide feedback. These meetings begin on Monday, May 8, 2017, and will conclude on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, - see sidebar for details.

If you are unable to attend a meeting, written comments can be submitted until Thursday, August 31, 2017 to BudgetGroup@wsscwater.com or mailed to Budget Division Manager, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland 20707.

Rate Study Informational Meeting Presentations

Video Recordings of Informational Meetings

Monday, May 8, 2017
Prince George's County
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Montgomery County
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
WSSC Headquarters
     
Monday, June 5, 2017
Montgomery County
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Prince George's County
Monday, June 19, 2017
Montgomery County
     

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
WSSC Headquarters

June 30, 2017
WSSC Special Commission Meeting on Rate Structure Setting Process
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details

The rate study was conducted in two phases, with new rates expected to be adopted June 2018.

The Bi-County Rate Structure Working Group will make a final rate structure recommendation after public input is received.

Background

WSSC’s current 16-tier rate structure has been in place since 1992.

In 2010, WSSC formed the Bi-County Infrastructure Funding Working Group, made up of representatives from Montgomery and Prince George’s county government, WSSC staff and external subject matter experts, to solicit input on the rate study.

Based on the 2012 recommendation of the Bi-County Infrastructure Funding Working Group, WSSC initiated a comprehensive rate structure analysis in 2016. Since that time, WSSC has been actively engaged in a transparent process involving input and recommendations from customers, stakeholders and county government representatives.

Media Coverage

Prince George's County
Cable TV
Rate Structure Media Coverage

Public meets over new rate structure

WHAG
June 5, 2017

Informational meeting Monday night on WSSC rates

Bethesda Magazine
June 5, 2017


WSSC Holding Meetings on New Rate Structure

MyMCMedia
June 1, 2017

Sanitary commission to adopt new rate structure

WHAG
May 9, 2017

What Will Happen To Your Water Bill? Water Company Officials Will Hold Hearing Tuesday

PATCH
May 9, 2017

Five Things to Know Today Tuesday, May 09 in Montgomery County 

MyMCMedia
May 9, 2017

WSSC Rate Hearings Start Monday

BETHESDA MAGAZINE
May 5, 2017

WSSC Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Structure Set for May 9 in Rockville 

MyMCMedia
May 3, 2017

Council questions WSSC rate structure change

THE SENTINEL
April 11, 2017

WSSC Considers New Rate Structures After Discrimination Ruling

BETHESDA MAGAZINE
April 4, 2017

Md. commission rules WSSC water rates discriminate against larger households

WASH POST
March 29, 2017

Judge rules on WSSC rate challenge case

THE SENTINEL
September 22, 2016

Md. judge rules water utility’s pricing structure discriminates against larger households

WASH POST
September 9, 2016

Md. resident says WSSC rates discriminate against large households

WASH POST
July 28, 2016

Meet the Maryland man who’s taking on one of the largest U.S. water utilities

WASH POST
May 19, 2016

Maryland judge considers arguments in case on water utility’s rates

WASH POST
May 18, 2016

Judge rules complaint about WSSC’s rate structure should go forward

WASH POST
September 15, 2015

Md. resident says WSSC rates discriminate against large households

WASH POST
July 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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