Fees & Charges

DC Water has announced new and updated fees and charges for services. Some existing fees increased, while some remained the same. DC Water also implemented several new fees for services. For instance, there are a number of new fees for permit reviews for new development. The manual meter reading fee increased as did the fee for returned checks. The fees increased for food-serving establishments to address clogged sewer lines, sewer backups, and infrastructure damage caused by the improper discharge of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) into the sewer system.

New/Increased Fees:

DC Water had not revisited the fee structure since 2019. Ensuring the fees cover the cost to provide the services prevents those costs being unfairly recovered from everyone in the customer base, DC Water commissioned a cost of service study in late 2021 to ensure our fees and charges cover the cost of providing services. The last comprehensive cost of service study of miscellaneous fees was conducted in 2019.  DC Water coordinated with independent consultants to ensure that the fees are reasonable and generally represent the cost of providing the service. The analysis also took into account the level of fees in comparison to peer utilities in the region.  As a result, many fees remained the same.

Water Quality Fees

Customer Compliance Fees  Fee
Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) Facility Monthly Fee $18.70
Cross-Connection/Back Flow Prevention Monthly Fee $6.70

Customer Service

Customer Service  Fees Fee
Customer Bad Check Fee $30
Declined Credit Card Fee $40
Customer Penalty Late Fee 10% after 30 days
Additional Penalty Late Payment Fee 1% per month after 60 days, compounded monthly
New Customer Account Initiation Fee  $55
Turn Off Charges for Non-Payment $55
Reconnection Fee – Residential Customer $50
Reconnection Fee – Multi-Family and
Non-Residential Customer
$100
Broken By-Pass Seal $745
Unauthorized Turn On $260
Notice of Follow Up (NOFOL) Compliance Fee $475
Second Water Audit within 24 months $135
Manual Meter Reading Fee * $20/month/per meter
Manual Meter Reading Fee* 5/8”-2” Multi-Family and Non-Residential $100 /month/meter
Manual Meter Reading Fee* 3”-4” Multi-Family and Non-Residential $250 /month/meter
Manual Meter Reading Fee* 6” & greater Multi-Family and Non-Residential $500/month/meter

*The Manual Meter Read Fee is charged if customer refuses or does not respond to request to install Automatic Meter Reader or if the meter transmission unit is not transmitting due to the customer's failure to provide appropriate transmission requirements.

Water Taps and Connections Fees 

Water Taps and Connections Fees Fee
Cross-Connection Turn-off 5/8” to 2” $215
Cross-Connection Turn-off 3” to 5” $425
Cross-Connection Turn-off 6” and larger $955
1 Inch Tap Insertion $455
1.5 Inch Tap Insertion $530
2 Inch Tap Insertion $575
Water Connection Reimbursable
Water Connection 3” and Larger $2,500
Water Tap Abandonment (2” or less diameter) $425
Water Service Connection Abandonment (greater than 2' diameter) $850
Inspect Pointing up Sewer Taps $915
Inspect Insertion of Y-Branch $325
Inspect Installation of Standard Cleanout $325
Inspect Sewer Tap Removal $325
Meter Setter Inspection $250
Meter Setter Re-Inspection $250
Meter Vault Inspection $1,000
Meter Vault Re-Inspection $1,000

Fire Hydrant Flow Test and Use Charges 

Fire Hydrant Flow Test Fees Fee
Fire Hydrant Flow Test (Field Test) $320
Fire Hydrant Flow Test (Computer Model) $320
Fire Hydrant Flow Test (Recent Test Record Available) $135
Letter in Lieu of Hydrant Flow Test $250
Private Fire Hydrant Flush $90

 

Fire Hydrant Use Fees Fee Rate
Fire Hydrant Permit $75  
Water and Sewer Rate – for Hydrant Use Prevailing Usage Based
3” Fire Hydrant Meter Deposit $1,750 per rental
3” Fire Hydrant Meter Rental < 15 days $130  
3” Fire Hydrant Meter Rental ≥ 15 days $10 per day
3” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Deposit $2,750 per rental
3” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Rental < 15 days $195 per rental
3” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Rental ≥ 15 days $15 per day
5/8” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Deposit $950 per rental
5/8” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Rental < 15 days $115 per rental
5/8” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Rental ≥15 days $10 per day

Installation and Removal of Water Bubblers 

Installation and Removal of Water Bubblers Fee
1 Water Bubbler $262
Each additional Water Bubbler after the first in the same general location $54

Large Projects

Engineering Large Plans Review and Existing Permitting Fees Standard Review Fee
Current Fee
New Fee
Effective October 1,2022
Expedited Review
Current Fee
New Fee
Effective October 1,2022
Standard Review Time*
(Business Days)
Expedited Review Time*
(Business Days)
Large Project Base Plan - 1st Submission Administrative Fee $140
$200
N/A
N/A
N/A N/A
Large Project Rejected Plan Resubmission Administrative Fee $75
$100
N/A
N/A
N/A N/A
Large Plan Review Fee per meter: $10,000
$15,000  
$17,500
$30,000
30 15
Large Project Foundation to Grade $1,000
$1,750
$1,750
$3,500
21 11
Large Project Approved Plan Revision (APR) $1,000
$2,000
$1,750
$4,000
14 7
Large Project Sheeting and Shoring $6,500
$12,500
$11,300
$25,000
30 15
Large Project Abandonment Waiver Request $500
$750
$880
$1,300
14 7
Large Project Temporary Water Connections $3,300
$5,000
$5,800
$10,000
21 11
Large Fire Service Only Greater than 2” - with no interior renovations $4,500
$5,000
$7,800
$10,000
21 11
Large Sanitary or Combined Connection Only 8” or larger $4,500
$5,000
$7,800
$10,000
21 11
Large Storm Connection Only 15” or larger $4,500
$5,000
$7,800
$10,000
21 11
Large Project Sign Off Only in DCRA ProjectDox --
$500
--
$1000
10 5
Large Water Meter Size Reduction Plan (with no other work) $3,300
$5,000
$5,800
$10,000
21 11
Large Project Raze Only Utility Release Letter - No Abandonments $330
$500
$580
$1,000
14 7
Large Project Raze Only Utility Release Letter - With Abandonments $700
$1,500
$1200
$3,000
14 7
Utility Infrastructure Only Review Fee (0 to 1,000 linear feet of water and/or sewer mains) --
$10,000
--
$20,000
30 15
Utility Infrastructure Only Review Fee (1,000 – 2,500 linear feet of water and/or sewer mains) --
$15,000
--
$30,000
30 15
Utility Infrastructure Only Review Fee (greater than 2,500 linear feet of water and/or sewer mains) --
$18,000
--
$36,000
30 15

*Review times are estimated; Actual time may vary.

Existing Small Plan Review Fees (Service tap 2 inches or less Fee

Existing Small Plan Review Fees (Service tap 2 inches or less Fee Standard Fee
Current Fee
New Fee
Effective October 1,2022
 
Expedited Review Current Fee
New Fee
Effective October 1,2022
Standard Review Time* (Business Days) Expedited Review Time* (Business Days)
Small Project Base Plan - 1st Submission Administrative Fee – All Small Projects $140
$200 **  
N/A   N/A N/A
Small Project Rejected Plan Resubmission Administrative Fee - All Small Projects $75
$100  
N/A   N/A N/A
Small Project Sheet and Shore - All Small Projects $700
$1,250
$1,200
$2,500
14 7
Small Residential or Townhouse Project per meter connection SEE BELOW SEE BELOW SEE BELOW SEE BELOW

1 to 5 metered connections

$700
$1,500 - each meter
$1,200
$3,000- each meter
14 7

6 to 20 metered connections

$700
$1,500 - each meter
$1,200
$3,000- each meter
21 11

21 to 50 metered connections

$700
$1,500 - each meter
$1,200
$3,000- each meter
40 20

greater than 50 metered connections

$700
$1,500 - each meter
$1,200
$3,000- each meter
50 25
Small Non-Residential Project per meter connection SEE BELOW SEE BELOW SEE BELOW SEE BELOW

1-3 metered connections

$3,300
$5,000 - each meter
$5,800
$10,000 - each meter
21 11

4 or more metered connections

$3,300
$5,000- each meter
$5,800
$10,000- each meter
30 15
Small Hybrid Project per meter connection $5,000
$6,750
$8,700
$13,500
21 11
Small Residential Approved Plan Revision (APR) per metered connection $250
$500
$500
$1,000
14 7
Small Non-Residential or Hybrid APR per metered connection $1,000
$1,450
$1,750
$2,900
21 11
Small Residential, Non-Residential or Hybrid Raze Permit Review and Utility Release Letter - No Abandonment --
$400
--
$800
14 7
Small Raze Permit Review and Utility Release Letter - With Abandonments $700
$1000
$1,200
$2,000
14 7
Small Non-Residential Temporary Water Connections $700
$2,000
$1,200
$4,000
21 11
Small Project Review and Sign Off - only in DCRA ProjectDox or for DCRA Walk-In Applicants --
$150
N/A 7 N/A

*Review times are estimated; Actual time may vary.   

Miscellaneous Fees

Miscellaneous Fees Prior Fee
Current Fee
New Fee
Effective October 1,2022
Expedited Review Current Fee
New Fee
Effective October 1,2022
Standard Review Time* (Business Days) Expedited Review Time* (Business Days
Small Residential or Townhouse Plan Excessive Submission Review (5th review or more) per meter connection $360
$500
-- Based on No. of metered connections Based on No. of metered connections
Small Non-Residential and Hybrid Plan Excessive Submission Review (5th review or more) $600
$750
-- Based on No. of metered connections Based on No. of metered connections
Large Plan Excessive Submission Review (5th review or more) $2,400
$3,500
--
$7,000
   
Request for Information (RFI) $30
$175  
$60
$350
20 10
Request for As-Built Drawings  $90
$200
$150
$400
20 10
Water and Sewer Availability Letter $500
$750
$880
$1,300
   
Delayed Abandonment or Waiver $500
$750
$880
$1,300
14 7
Processing of Standard Easement and Covenant (Initial Document) $1,000
$2,000
$1,750
$4,000
14 7
Processing of Non-Standard Easement and Covenant (Initial Document) $5,000
$8,500
$8,750
$17,000
21 11
One Day Plan Design and Review and Approval (Velocity Sign-Off Program) $20,000
$25,000
N/A 1 N/A

Miscellaneous Review Fees

Miscellaneous Review Fees Current Fee
New Fee Effective October 1, 2022
Expedited Current 
New Fee Effective October 1, 2022
Existing Sanitary or combined Sewer connection only 6” and less
New Fee equal to small residential fee
$700
$1,500
$1,200
$3,000
Existing Storm sewer connection only less than 15”
New Fee equal to small residential fee
$700
$1,500
$1,200
$3,000

 

Existing/ Proposed As-Built Fee Standard
SFU Residential service connection -Small Residential $250 - each building
Townhouses or SFU from multi-unit project $250 - each building
Small non-residential, Large service connection (per connection) $500 - each building
Small non-residential Hybrid $750 - each building
Large non-residential water service 3” or more, sewer service 8” or more, fire service 3” or more $750 - each connection
New water or sewer main (20 to 100 feet) (each) $2,500
Each additional 200 feet of water line $2,000
Each additional 400 ft. sewer main/line $2,000
If installing more than 200 linear feet or any Water line larger than 24" in diameter Determined on a per project basis
If installing more than 200 LF of sewer or any Sewer larger than 60” in diameter Determined on a per project basis

Construction Phase Customer Service Fees

Fee Name Fee
Residential Projects (including new Small Residential or Townhouse water/sewer connections, raze, temporary connection, 2” or less water meter) $500
Small Non-Residential or Hybrid (including new connections, raze, temporary connection, 2” or less water meter) $2,000
Large (including new connections, raze, sheeting and shoring, temporary connection, 3” or larger water meter) $4,500

 

Event and Equipment Fee 

Size of Event (Attendees) Number of DC Water Personnel Per Event (Cost per event at $90/hour per person)
100 – 2,000 2 $180/hour
2,000 – 5,000 4 $360/hour
5,000 or more 6 $540/hour

 

Per Unit Per Event Equipment * Current Fee
New Fee Effective October 1, 2022
Misting Tent* $585
Mobile Brita Hydration Station* $640
Cooling Station $450
Quench Buggy $2,650
DC Water Mascot $80

1 Refers to a per unit per event, assuming a single day event. For a multi-day event, the per unit cost would be multiplied by the number of days.

Industrial User Permitting & Sampling Fee to recover the cost of service

Fee Name Current Fee
New Fee Effective October 1, 2022
Waste Hauler Discharge Annual Permit Fee per Vehicle $30
$50
Waste Hauling Disposal Fees
High strength grease trap waste $0.07 per gallon
$0.077 per gallon
High strength septage waste $0.07 per gallon
$0.077 per gallon
Domestic strength waste $0.003 per gallon
$0.004 per gallon
Low strength waste $0.003 per gallon
$0.004 per gallon

Industrial User Permit Fees

Industrial User Permit Fees Current Fee
New Fee
Effective October 1,2022
Permit Initial Fee $2,500
$2,865
Permit Renewal Fee $700
$955
Significant or Non-Significant Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 1 Outfall $3,100
$3,290
Significant or Non-Significant Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 2 or more Outfalls $4,300
$4,560
Significant Non-Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 1 or more Outfalls $3,100
$3,290
Significant Non-Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 2 or more Outfalls $4,300
$4,560
Non-Significant Non-Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 1 Outfall $700
$745
Non-Significant Non-Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 2 Outfalls $900
$955

 

High Strength Waste Fees  Current Fee
New Fee
Effective October 1,2022
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) $0.135 Per Pound
$0.162 Per Pound
Total Suspended Solids (TSS) $0.263 Per Pound
$0.278 Per Pound
Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen  (TKN) or Total Nitrogen (TN) $1.471 Per Pound
$1.662 Per Pound
Total Phosphorus (TP) $4.524 Per Pound
$5.234 Per Pound

Existing Miscellaneous Fees 

Legal Charges Unit
Witness Fee $40 + Travel Expenses
DC Water Staff Expert Witness Fee Salary + Fringe + Travel Expenses
Standard Letter and Legal Pages Photocopying (per sheet) $0.75 per sheet
FOIA Processing Fee  $10 + Staff Salary + Fringe