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City to Oppose Hike in Water Bill for Small Households

At the November 14, 2017, meeting of the Mayor and Council, Joseph Beach, the Chief Financial Officer for the Washington Sanitary Commission (WSSC) presented the rate structure alternatives that had have been evaluated by WSSC.

The WSSC submitted the General Manager’s Recommendations to the County Council for review on November 15, 2017.

While the City Council appreciate that the new rate structure will reduce the average water bills for higher volume users and thus will satisfy the recommendations set by the Public Service Commissions, the Council also found that each of the three recommended proposals would result in higher water bills for smaller households with the lowest water use. These families typically try to keep their water bills to a low level by preserving more water and thus they feel that they will be in a disadvantageous position under the new proposed rate structure.

It is the opinion of the College Park Mayor and Council that the inclining 3-Tier Option B alternative presents the most affordable option for families while still providing an incentive to conserve water use.

College Park has a long-standing policy on sustainability, which includes water preservation. The City also annually participates in the National Mayor’s challenge for water preservation.

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will consider approving a letter to the Prince George’s County Council asking them to consider adopting the WSSC rate that will do the most to reduce the burden of increased water rates on smaller households.

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