WSSC proposes 8.9 percent rate increase
Montgomery and Prince George’s county residents would face an 8.9 percent increase in their water and sewer bills starting in July under a proposed budget released Thursday by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.
The increase would add $5.30 per month to the average residential bill, said WSSC spokesman John C. White. That would come on top of an 8.5 percent rate increase that WSSC customers saw this fiscal year.
The proposed budget includes additional money to inspect, repair and replace deteriorating pipes. It would also cover cost increases at regional sewage disposal facilities, stepped-up inspections of large sewer pipes and an increase in the water pipe corrosion monitoring program, said Antonio L. Jones, WSSC’s board chairman.
White said the proposed $1.2-billion budget for both operating and capital expenses is in the early stages of consideration. After two public hearings scheduled for February, the utility’s board of commissioners must vote on it before it would be approved by both county councils June 1.
A public hearing in Prince George’s is scheduled for Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the RMS Building, 1400 McCormick Drive, in Largo. The Montgomery hearing is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the 7th floor council hearing room of the Stella B. Werner Building, 100 Maryland Ave., in Rockville. People who want to speak at either hearing can call 301-206-8110.
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