System Availability Fee

System Availability Fee – became effective June 1, 2018

Like many water utilities, DC Water implemented a fee that is assessed on new development (or redevelopment) and recovers the investment in available system capacity. The System Availability Fee (SAF) is scaled to the size of the project. This fee helps cover some of the associated costs of:

• Water storage and major transmission

• Wastewater and stormwater interceptors

DC Water's Board incorporated comments and concerns from the development community and the public before implementing this fee. Revisions to the original plan incorporated affordable housing unit credits and the effective date was changed to June 1, 2018.