Proposed Water Hike Is Topic of Hearing

From today's Fairfax Extra:

Fairfax Water will hold a hearing at 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss a proposed 5-cent increase in the water rate beginning April 1.

The utility, which serves 1.3 million customers in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, is proposing several revisions to its schedule of rates, fees and charges.

The water usage, or commodity, charge would go from $1.45 to $1.50 for each 1,000 gallons. This would mean an increase of $1.20 a quarter, or $4.80 a year, on an average water bill.

Also proposed are increases in the availability and local facilities charges for new connections to the distribution system, fees to turn water on or off, late payment penalties and the account charge. A description of these charges can be found on the back of a water bill or by visiting .

Tonight's hearing is at Fairfax Water's offices at 8570 Executive Park Ave. in Fairfax.

To speak at the hearing, call 703-698-5600.

By  |  December 15, 2005; 2:31 PM ET  | Category:  Consumer Affairs , Government
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