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Approved FY 2025 and FY 2026 Rates

Approved rate changes for fiscal year 2025 and fiscal year 2026, beginning October 1, 2024 and October 1, 2025, respectively.

This is the fifth time that DC Water presented a multi-year rate proposal covering the period of FY 2025 and FY 2026. The projected benefits include (1) greater revenue certainty, (2) increased budget discipline, (3) better alignment between revenues and expenditures, (4) favorable credit rating agency treatment and (5) better predictability for our ratepayers.

DC Water has aligned Cost of Service Studies to its two-year rate proposals.  To help ensure that costs are being properly recovered (water costs are recovered through the water rates, for example), DC Water conducts regular Cost of Service Studies.  Previously the studies were done every three years, but from 2020 DC Water began conducting two year Cost of Service Studies to fully align the costs with the two year rate proposals.

DC Water held two in-person and two virtual Town Hall Meetings in April, in advance of the public hearing. The outreach and public comment period was from March 22 to May 16, 2024.

Below are the approved rates for Fiscal Year 2025 and Fiscal Year 2026.  DC Water's Board of Directors held its annual public hearing on the approved rate changes on May 9, 2024, at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Headquarters to hear testimony from customers and presentation on Independent Review of approved FY 2025 and FY 2026 Rates by an Independent Rate Consultant.  The Board considered the customer's comments and approved the following rate changes at the Board meeting held on Thursday July 3, 2024.

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FY 2025 and FY 2026 Approved Rates

Fig. 1 in Ccf and equivalent gallons1 Ccf = 748 gallons
  Current  
FY 2024  
(Effective 10/1/2023)
Approved  
FY 2025  
(Effective 10/1/2024)
Approved  
FY 2026  
(Effective 10/1/2025)
Rate Class Ccf 1,000   
Gallons
Ccf 1,000   
Gallons
Ccf 1,000   
Gallons
Water Rate
Residential - 0 - 4 Ccf 4.38 5.86 5.21 6.97 5.78 7.73
Residential - greater than 4 Ccf 5.70 7.62 6.81 9.10 7.60 10.16
Multi-Family 5.00 6.68 5.82 7.78 6.47 8.65
Non-Residential 5.89 7.88 7.03 9.40 7.84 10.48
Sewer Rate
Residential 11.70 15.64 12.07 16.14 12.52 16.74
Multi-Family 11.70 15.64 12.07 16.14 12.52 16.74
Non-Residential 11.70 15.64 12.07 16.41 12.52 16.74
PILOT (Payment-In-Lieu Of Taxes) Fee*
Residential 0.61 0.82 0.61 0.82 0.62 0.83
Multi-Family 0.61 0.82 0.61 0.82 0.62 0.83
Non-Residential 0.61 0.82 0.61 0.82 0.62 0.83
The Right-of-Way (ROW) Fee*
Residential 0.19 0.25 0.19 0.25 0.19 0.27
Multi-Family 0.19 0.25 0.19 0.25 0.19 0.27
Non-Residential 0.19 0.25 0.19 0.25 0.19 0.27
Groundwater Sewer Charge
Residential 3.50 4.68 3.50 4.68 3.76 5.03
Multi-Family 3.50 4.68 3.50 4.68 3.76 5.03
Non-Residential 3.50 4.68 3.50 4.68 3.76 5.03
High Flow Filter Backwash Wastewater Retail Sewer Rate
Residential 3.30 4.41 3.32 4.44 3.54 4.73
Multi-Family 3.30 4.41 3.32 4.44 3.54 4.73
Non-Residential 3.30 4.41 3.32 4.44 3.54 4.73
 
Clean Rivers  Impervious Area Charge   per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)
Residential 21.86 21.23 24.23
Multi-Family 21.86 21.23 24.23
Non-Residential 21.86 21.23 24.23
Customer Metering Fee By Meter Size
Residential** 7.75 7.75 7.75
Multi-family vary by meter size
Non-Residential vary by meter size
Water System Replacement Fee By Meter Size
Residential** 6.30 6.30 6.30
Multi-family vary by meter size
Non-Residential vary by meter size
Stormwater Fee*** per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)
Residential 2.67 2.67 2.67
Multi-Family 2.67 2.67 2.67
Non-Residential 2.67 2.67 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 Average Monthly Residential Water and Sewer Bills for FY 2025 and FY 2026*
  Current  
FY 2024
Approved   
FY 2025 
Approved 
FY 2026 ††
DC Water Retail Rates* 89.03 95.93 101.77
Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge 21.86 21.23 24.23
DC Water Customer Metering Fee** 7.75 7.75 7.75
DC Water Water System Replacement Fee*** 6.30 6.30 6.30
Subtotal: DC Water Rates & Charges 124.94 131.21 140.05
Increase Over Prior Year 6.68 6.27 8.84
District of Columbia PILOT Fee ††† 3.31 3.31 3.36
District of Columbia Right-of-Way Fee ††† 1.03 1.03 1.08
District of Columbia Stormwater Fee ††† 2.67 2.67 2.67
Subtotal: District of Columbia Charges 7.01 7.01 7.11
Total Amount Appearing on DC Water Bill 131.95 138.22 147.16
Increase Over Prior Year 6.79 6.27 8.94
 FY 2025 is effective from October 1, 2024  
†† FY 2026 will be effective October 1, 2025  
†††DC Water bills and collects the PILOT, ROW, and Stormwater fees on behalf of the District.   

* Assumes average monthly consumption of 5.42 Ccf or 4,054 gallons.   
** The DC Water Customer Metering Fee varies by meter size. The fee for 5/8" meter given here.   
*** The DC Water System Replacement Fee varies by meter size. The fee for 5/8" meter given here.

Custom Metering Fee

Meter Size
FY 2024
Approved 
FY 2025
Approved 
FY 2026
5/8" $7.75 $7.75 $7.75
3/4" $8.16 $8.16 $8.16
1" $9.16 $9.16 $9.16
1X1.25" $9.70 $9.70 $9.70
1.5" $13.82 $13.82 $13.82
1 1/2" $13.82 $13.82 $13.82
2" $15.14 $15.14 $15.14
2X5/8" $16.07 $16.07 $16.07
2X1/2" $16.07 $16.07 $16.07
3" $154.56 $154.56 $154.56
3X3/4" $156.49 $156.49 $156.49
4" $275.81 $275.81 $275.81
4X1" $277.38 $277.38 $277.38
4X2" $277.38 $277.38 $277.38
4X3/4" $277.38 $277.38 $277.38
4X2X5/8" $363.49 $363.49 $363.49
6" $538.37 $538.37 $538.37
6X1/5" $648.70 $648.70 $648.70
6X1" $547.52 $547.52 $547.52
6X1X1/2" $547.52 $547.52 $547.52
6X1/2" $648.70 $648.70 $648.70
6X3" $648.70 $648.70 $648.70
6X3X3/4" $648.70 $648.70 $648.70
8" $649.10 $649.10 $649.10
8X2" $649.10 $649.10 $649.10
8X4X1" $719.31 $719.31 $719.31
10X611/4 $810.38 $810.38 $810.38
10" $638.30 $638.30 $638.30
10X2" $810.38 $810.38 $810.38
10X6" $810.38 $810.38 $810.38
10X6X1" $810.38 $810.38 $810.38
12" $661.89 $661.89 $661.89
12X6" $661.89 $661.89 $661.89
16" $701.62 $701.62 $701.62

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