Rates & Metering

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Public Meeting Notice

For the seventh consecutive year, DC Water C.E.O. and General Manager George S. Hawkins will co-host a series of Town Halls with District Councilmembers, with one meeting in each ward. The purpose for the meetings is to share important information on the FY 2017 and FY 2018 Proposed Rates, while also talking with District residents about projects and issues impacting their communities.

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

Date Ward Location
Tuesday, April 5 Ward 1 Tubman Elementary School
-- Multipurpose Room--
3101 13th Street, NW

To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here (PDF 301 kb) .
Thursday, April 7 Ward 2 Georgetown Neighborhood Library
-- Lower Level Meeting Room --
3260 R Street, NW

To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here (PDF 273 kb) .
Thursday, April 21 Ward 3 University of the District of Columbia,
-- New Student Center (Ballroom)--
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW

To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here (PDF 371 kb) .
Wednesday, April 6 Ward 4 Roosevelt Senior High School at MacFarland
-- Multipurpose Room --
4400 Iowa Avenue, NW

To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here (PDF 360 kb) .
Thursday, April 14 Ward 5 Noyes Education Campus
-- Multipurpose Room --
2725 10th Street NE

To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here (PDF 367 kb) .
Tuesday, April 19 Ward 6 Tyler Elementary School
-- Multipurpose Room --
1001 G Street, SE

To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here (PDF 563 kb) .
Tuesday, April 26 Ward 7 District Department of Employment Services
-- First Floor Community Room --
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE

To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here (PDF 363 kb) .
Wednesday, April 27 Ward 8 Democracy Prep Public Charter School
-- auditorium/community space --
3100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE

To view a pdf of the meeting flyer, click here (PDF 322 kb) .


DC Water is moving to a multi-year rate proposal in FY 2016 covering the period FY 2017 and FY 2018. The projected benefits include (1) greater revenue certainty, (2) increased budget discipline and (3) better alignment between revenues and expenditures.

The DC Water Board of Directors will hold its annual public hearing on the proposed rate increases for Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018 on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The hearing will be held at District Department of Employment Services (first floor community room), 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE. Customers are encouraged to 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 to be held on July 7, 2016.

Independent Review of the Proposed Rates for FY 2017 - 2018 (PDF 1.2 mb)

FY 2017 & FY 2018 Proposed Rates

Fig. 1 in Ccf and equivalent gallons 1 Ccf = 748 gallons
  Proposed FY 2017
(Effective 10/1/2016)
Proposed FY 2018
(Effective 10/1/2017)
Rate Class Ccf 1,000 Gallons Ccf 1,000 Gallons
Water Rate  
  Residential - 0 - 4 Ccf $3.23 $4.32 $3.39 $4.53
  Residential - greater than 4 Ccf $4.06 $5.43 $4.26 $5.70
  Multi-Family $3.62 $4.84 $3.80 $5.08
  Non-Residential $4.19 $5.60 $4.40 $5.88
Sewer Rate  
  Residential $5.71 $7.63 $6.00 $8.02
  Multi-Family $5.71 $7.63 $6.00 $8.02
  Non-Residential $5.71 $7.63 $6.00 $8.02
PILOT (Payment-In-Lieu Of Taxes) Fee*  
  Residential $0.48 $0.64 $0.49 $0.65
  Multi-Family $0.48 $0.64 $0.49 $0.65
  Non-Residential $0.48 $0.64 $0.49 $0.65
The Right-of-Way (ROW) Fee*  
  Residential $0.17 $0.23 $0.18 $0.24
  Multi-Family $0.17 $0.23 $0.18 $0.24
  Non-Residential $0.17 $0.23 $0.18 $0.24
Groundwater Sewer Charge  
  Residential $2.33 $3.11 $2.33 $3.11
  Multi-Family $2.33 $3.11 $2.33 $3.11
  Non-Residential $2.33 $3.11 $2.33 $3.11
Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)
  Residential $22.24 $25.18
  Multi-Family $22.24 $25.18
  Non-Residential $22.24 $25.18
  Customer Metering Fee By Meter Size
  Residential** $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
  Multi-family vary by meter size
  Non-Residential vary by meter size
Stormwater Fee*** per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)
  Residential $2.67 $2.67
  Multi-Family $2.67 $2.67
  Non-Residential $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 Proposed Average Monthly Residential Water and Sewer Bills for FY 2017 and FY 2018*
  FY 2017 FY 2018 ††
DC Water Retail Rates* $62.04 $65.16
Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge $22.24 $25.18
DC Water Customer Metering Fee** $3.86 $3.86
DC Water Water System Replacement Fee*** $6.30 $6.30
Subtotal: DC Water Rates & Charges $94.44 $100.50
Increase Over Prior Year $4.86 $6.06
District of Columbia PILOT Fee* $3.21 $3.28
District of Columbia Right-of-Way Fee* $1.14 $1.20
District of Columbia Stormwater Fee $2.67 $2.67
Subtotal: District of Columbia Charges $7.02 $7.15
Total Amount Appearing on DC Water Bill $101.46 $107.65
Increase Over Prior Year $4.93 $6.19

FY 2017 will be effective October 1, 2016
†† FY 2018 will be effective October 1, 2017

*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 fee and operates as a baseline.

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FY 2016 Approved Rates

Fig. 3 in Ccf and equivalent gallons 1 Ccf = 748 gallons
Approved FY 2016 (Effective 10/1/2015)
Rate Class Ccf (hundred cubic feet) 1,000 Gallons
Water Rate  
  Residential 0 - 4 Ccf's $3.08 $4.12
  Residential Greater than 4 Ccf's $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 $0.63
  Multi-Family $0.47 $0.63
  Non-Residential $0.47 $0.63
The Right-of-Way (ROW) Fee*  
  Residential $0.17 $0.23
  Multi-Family $0.17 $0.23
  Non-Residential $0.17 $0.23
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. 4 Approved Average Monthly Residential Water and Sewer Bill for FY 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 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 loweset 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 is based on meter size and average flow. 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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