System Availability Fee
Like many water utilities, DC Water has 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.
DC Water’s board of directors began reviewing this concept back in 2015, opened the idea up for public comment and then implemented the fees in 2016 with an effective date of June 1, 2018.
This new fee will help cover some of the associated costs of:
• Water storage and major transmission
• Wastewater and stormwater interceptors