Rates & Metering

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Public Meeting Notice

In partnership with District Councilmembers, DC Water will co-host its 6th annual ward town hall meeting series in April. As in previous years, DC Water CEO and General Manager George Hawkins will tour the District to talk about water projects and issues impacting communities throughout the city.

The Town Hall meetings are listed below. All meetings are from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Date Ward Location
Tuesday, April 7 Ward 1 Tubman Elementary School
3101 13th Street NW
Thursday, April 2 Ward 2 Francis-Stevens Education Campus
-- Auditorium --
2425 N Street NW
To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here.
Tuesday, April 14 Ward 3 American University
-- Ward Circle Building, Room 1 --
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here.
Thursday, April 23 Ward 4 Brightwood Park United Methodist Church
-- Fellowship Hall --
744 Jefferson Street NW
To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here.
Thursday, April 9 Ward 5 Noyes Education Campus
-- Auditorium --
2725 10th Street NE
To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here.
Tuesday, April 21 Ward 6 Seaton Elementary School
-- Auditorium --
1503 10th Street NW
To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here.
Wednesday, April 1 Ward 7 DC Department of Employment Services
-- First Floor Community Room --
4058 Minnesota Avenue NE
Wednesday, April 8 Ward 8 TBD


The DC Water Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on the proposed rate increases for Fiscal Year 2016 on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 beginning at 6:30pm. The location will be Department of Employment Services 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Suite 1300 (Community Room) Washington, D.C. 20019. Customers will attend this important hearing to testify in person about our service, our goals and our rate proposal. The Board will consider customer comments and approve the following rate increases in the meeting held on July 2, 2015.

FY 2016 Proposed Rates

Fig. 1 in Ccf and equivalent gallons 1Ccf = 748 gallons
Proposed FY 2016 (Effective 10/1/2015)
Rate Class Ccf (hundred cubic feet) 1,000 Gallons
Water Rate  
  Residential - 0 - 4 Ccf $3.08 $4.12
  Residential - greater than 4 Ccf $3.87 $5.17
  Multi-Family $3.45 $4.61
  Non-Residential $3.99 $5.33
Sewer Rate  
  Residential $5.44 $7.27
  Multi-Family $5.44 $7.27
  Non-Residential $5.44 $7.27
PILOT (Payment-In-Lieu Of Taxes) Fee*  
  Residential $0.47 $0.64
  Multi-Family $0.47 $0.64
  Non-Residential $0.47 $0.64
The Right-of-Way (ROW) Fee*  
  Residential $0.17 $0.22
  Multi-Family $0.17 $0.22
  Non-Residential $0.17 $0.22
Groundwater Sewer Charge  
  Residential $2.33 $3.11
  Multi-Family $2.33 $3.11
  Non-Residential $2.33 $3.11
Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)
  Residential $20.30
  Multi-Family $20.30
  Non-Residential $20.30
  Customer Metering Fee by meter size
  Residential** $3.86
  Multi-family vary by meter size
  Non-Residential vary by meter size
  Water System Replacement Fee by meter size
  Residential** $6.30
  Multi-family vary by meter size
  Non-Residential vary by meter size
Stormwater Fee*** per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)
  Residential $2.67
  Multi-Family $2.67
  Non-Residential $2.67

*District of Columbia pass-through fees

**for 5/8" meter size

***DC Water bills and collects the Stormwater Fee on behalf of the District Government



Fig. 2 Proposed Average Monthly Residential Water and Sewer Bill for 2016*
  FY 2016
DC Water Retail Rates* $59.12
Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge $20.30
DC Water Customer Metering Fee** $3.86
DC Water Water System Replacement Fee*** $6.30
Subtotal: DC Water Rates & Charges $89.58
Increase Over Prior Year $11.30
District of Columbia PILOT Fee* $3.14
District of Columbia Right-of-Way Fee* $1.14
District of Columbia Stormwater Fee $2.67
Subtotal: District of Columbia Charges $6.95
Total Amount Appearing on DC Water Bill $96.53
Increase Over Prior Year $11.36

FY 2016 is effective October 1, 2015

*Assumes average monthly consumption of 6.69 Ccf or 5,004 gallons.

**The DC Water Customer Metering Fee varies by meter size. The fee given here is the lowest fee and operates as a baseline.

***The DC Water System Replacement Fee varies by meter size. The fee given here is the lowest fees and operates as a baseline.

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FY 2015 Approved Rates

Fig. 1 in Ccf and equivalent gallons 1Ccf = 748 gallons
Approved FY 2015 (Effective 10/1/2014)
Rate Class Ccf (hundred cubic feet) 1,000 Gallons
Water Rate  
  Residential $3.88 $5.19
  Multi-Family $3.88 $5.19
  Non-Residential $3.88 $5.19
Sewer Rate  
  Residential $4.74 $6.33
  Multi-Family $4.74 $6.33
  Non-Residential $4.74 $6.33
PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) Fee*  
  Residential $0.46 $0.62
  Multi-Family $0.46 $0.62
  Non-Residential $0.46 $0.62
The Right-of-Way (ROW) Fee*  
  Residential $0.17 $0.22
  Multi-Family $0.17 $0.22
  Non-Residential $0.17 $0.22
Groundwater Sewer Charge  
  Residential $2.33 $3.11
  Multi-Family $2.33 $3.11
  Non-Residential $2.33 $3.11
Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)
  Residential $16.75
  Multi-Family $16.75
  Non-Residential $16.75
Stormwater Fee** per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)
  Residential $2.67
  Multi-Family $2.67
  Non-Residential $2.67

*District of Columbia pass-through fees

**DC Water bills and collects the Stormwater Fee on behalf of the District Government



Fig. 2 Approved Average Monthly Residential Water and Sewer Bill for 2015*
  FY 2015
DC Water Retail Rates* $57.67
Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge $16.75
DC Water Customer Metering Fee** $3.86
Subtotal: DC Water Rates & Charges $78.28
Increase Over Prior Year $8.92
District of Columbia PILOT Fee* $3.08
District of Columbia Right-of-Way Fee* $1.14
District of Columbia Stormwater Fee $2.67
Subtotal: District of Columbia Charges $6.89
Total Amount Appearing on DC Water Bill $85.17
Increase Over Prior Year $8.45

FY 2015 is effective October 1, 2014

*Assumes average monthly consumption of 6.69 Ccf or 5,004 gallons.

**The DC Water Customer Metering Fee varies by meter size. The fee given here is the lowest fee and operates as a baseline.

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Understanding Rates

DC Water bills residential, commercial and government customers on a monthly basis. The water and sewer bills incorporate DC Water charges and District of Columbia charges together on the same bill. The District of Columbia charges are collected by DC Water, who in turn, passes those fees on to the District. The District fees include PILOT (payment-in-lieu of taxes), ROW (right-of-way) and stormwater.

DC Water charges for water, sewer, customer metering impervious area and water system replacement fee. Water and sewer charges are billed volumetrically, that is, they are based on how much water a household or business consumes. The Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) is a sewer fee that takes into account the area on a property that is made of impermeable surface, which contributes to runoff and combined sewer overflows. The CRIAC generates funds to cover the cost of the Clean Rivers Project (also referred to as the Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan detailed under the "What We Do" section of this website,) a $2.6 billion capital project mandated by the federal government. The Water System Replacement Fee is designed to recover the costs of 1 percent renewal and replacement of aging water service lines. The fee varies by meter size. The customer metering fee is a flat fee based on the meter size.

How rates are set

Rates are set annually through a year-long process that begins with DC Water developing a budget based on capital and operating needs. Once the budget is approved by the Board of Directors, a rate structure is proposed and communicated via the DC Register, newspapers, town hall public meetings and a public hearing. These are all opportunities for the public to comment on the proposed rates. The DC Water Board of Directors votes on the rate proposal in July, to be implemented in the October customer bill.

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