System Availability Fee

Like many water utilities, DC Water is implemented a new fee that will be assessed on new development (or redevelopment) and is intended to recover the investment in available system capacity. The System Availability Fee (SAF) is tiered to the size of the project and is set so that the costs rise for the biggest projects.

This new fee will help cover some of the associated costs of:

• Water storage and major transmission

• Wastewater and stormwater interceptors

DC Water’s Board of Directors began reviewing this concept back in 2015, opened the idea up for public comment and then approved the fees in 2016 with an effective date of January 1, 2018. In December, The Board gave notice that it plans to revise the effective date to June 1, 2018.

Open House

The Board is considering substantive revisions to the SAF regulations and has scheduled an Open House on Friday, February 9 to hear from the development community and the general public. 

Individuals and organizations can submit written comments on the SAF by emailing with "Comments for SAF Regulations” in the subject line by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018.  The public will have another opportunity to comment when DC Water publishes the proposed rules in the D.C. Register in March.
If you want to attend the Public Open House and comment in person, please email with the name, address, telephone number and name of the organization or call 787-2330, no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2018.