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Approved Rates

New rates went into effect October 1. October’s bill may include a line for the water used before Oct 1 (at the old rates) and another line for water used Oct 1 and after (at the new rates).

How rates changed for 2019 and 2020

Every three years DC Water undertakes a Cost of Service Study to ensure that the rates reflect the actual cost of providing water and sewer services, and funding the Clean Rivers Project. DC Water then adjusts the water, sewer and Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) as necessary to match the cost of service.

DC Water commissioned a Cost of Service Study in 2018. As a result, the sewer rates were increased while the water and CRIAC charges were both adjusted down slightly. The overall increase to the average residential customer bill is between 5% and 6% above last year.

More information on 2019 rates

Below are the Approved Rates for Fiscal Year 2019 and Fiscal Year 2020. The DC Water Board of Directors held its annual public hearing on the proposed rate changes on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and heard testimony from customers. The Board considered the customer comments and voted on the following rate changes at the board meeting held on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Independent Review of the Proposed Rates for 2019-2020 - May 9, 2018

FY 2019 & FY 2020 Approved Rates

Fig. 1 in Ccf and equivalent gallons 1 Ccf = 748 gallons

 

FY 2018

Current FY 2019
(Effective 10/1/2018)

Approved FY 2020
(Effective 10/1/2019)

Rate Class

Ccf

1,000
Gallons

Ccf

1,000
Gallons

Ccf

1,000
Gallons

Water Rate

  Residential - 0 - 4 Ccf

$3.39

$4.53

$2.91

$3.89

$3.06

$4.09

  Residential - greater than 4 Ccf

$4.26

$5.70

$3.90

$5.21

$4.10

$5.48

  Multi-Family

$3.80

$5.08

$3.37

$4.51

$3.54

$4.73

  Non-Residential

$4.40

$5.88

$4.05

$5.42

$4.25

$5.68

Sewer Rate

  Residential

$6.00

$8.02

$7.75

$10.36

$8.14

$10.88

  Multi-Family

$6.00

$8.02

$7.75

$10.36

$8.14

$10.88

  Non-Residential

$6.00

$8.02

$7.75

$10.36

$8.14

$10.88

PILOT (Payment-In-Lieu Of Taxes) Fee*

  Residential

$0.49

$0.66

$0.50

$0.67

$0.51

$0.68

  Multi-Family

$0.49

$0.66

$0.50

$0.67

$0.51

$0.68

  Non-Residential

$0.49

$0.66

$0.50

$0.67

$0.51

$0.68

The Right-of-Way (ROW) Fee*

  Residential

$0.18

$0.24

$0.18

$0.24

$0.19

$0.25

  Multi-Family

$0.18

$0.24

$0.18

$0.24

$0.19

$0.25

  Non-Residential

$0.18

$0.24

$0.18

$0.24

$0.19

$0.25

Groundwater Sewer Charge

  Residential

$2.33

$3.11

$2.33

$3.11

$2.33

$3.11

  Multi-Family

$2.33

$3.11

$2.33

$3.11

$2.33

$3.11

  Non-Residential

$2.33

$3.11

$2.33

$3.11

$2.33

$3.11

Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge

per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)

  Residential

$25.18

$23.00

$25.58

  Multi-Family

$25.18

$23.00

$25.58

  Non-Residential

$25.18

$23.00

$25.58

Customer Metering Fee

By Meter Size

  Residential**

$3.86

$3.86

$3.86

  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 Approved Average Monthly Residential Water and Sewer Bills for FY FY 2019 and FY 2020*.
  FY 2018 FY 2019  FY 2020 ††
DC Water Retail Rates* $60.13 $68.27 $71.73
Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge $25.18 23.00 25.58
DC Water Customer Metering Fee** $3.86 $3.86 $3.86
DC Water Water System Replacement Fee*** $6.30 $6.30 6.30
Subtotal: DC Water Rates & Charges $95.47 $101.43 $107.47
Increase Over Prior Year $5.82 $5.96 $6.04
District of Columbia PILOT Fee* ††† $3.04 $3.10 $3.16
District of Columbia Right-of-Way Fee* ††† $1.12 $1.12 $1.18
District of Columbia Stormwater Fee ††† $2.67 $2.67 $2.67
Subtotal: District of Columbia Charges $6.83 $6.89 $7.01
Total Amount Appearing on DC Water Bill $102.30 $108.32 $114.48
Increase Over Prior Year $5.95 $6.02 $6.16

FY 2019 will be effective October 1, 2018
†† FY 2020 will be effective October 1, 2019
††† DC Water bills and collects the PILOT, ROW, and Stormwater fees on behalf of the District.

* Assumes average monthly consumption of 6.20 Ccf or 4,638 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 fee and operates as a baseline.