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Fees & Charges

In 2019, DC Water 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. There are also new fees 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 in a number of years. Ensuring the fees cover the cost to provide the services prevents those costs being unfairly recovered from everyone in the customer base.

In FY 2018, DC Water performed a Miscellaneous Fees and Charges Cost of Service Study to ensure our fees and charges cover the cost of providing services. The last comprehensive study of miscellaneous fees was conducted in 2011.  We worked to ensure that the proposed 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.

Fee Name (effective September 1, 2019)  
FOG Monthly Fee for food serving establishment $13.70
Cross-Connection / Back Flow Prevention Monthly Fee per assembly for customers who are required to have an assembly $6.70

 

Customer Bad Check Fee

$25

Declined Credit Card Fee

$35

Customer Penalty Late Fee

10% + 1% per month of Balance due

Initiation Fee (previously named Turn on fee)

$50

Turn Off Charges for Non-Payment

$50

Reconnection Fee (previously named Turn on Fee)

$50

Broken By-Pass Seal

$700

Unauthorized Turn On

$245

Second Water Audit within 24 months

$125

Manual Meter Reading Fee

$20/month/per meter

Water Taps and Connections

Cross-Connection Turn-off 5/8” to 2”

$200

Cross-Connection Turn-off 3” to 5”

$400

Cross-Connection Turn-off 6” and larger

$900

1 Inch Tap Insertion

$425

1.5 Inch Tap Insertion

$500

2 Inch Tap Insertion

$540

Water Connection

Reimbursable

Water Tap Abandonment (2” or less diameter)

$400

Water Service Connection Abandonment (greater than 2’ diameter)

$800

Inspect Pointing up Sewer Taps

$860

Inspect Insertion of Y-Branch

$306

Inspect Installation of Standard Cleanout

$306

Inspect Sewer Tap Removal

$306

 

Fire Hydrant Flow Test and Use Charges

Fire Hydrant Flow Test (Field Test)

$300

 

Fire Hydrant Flow Test (Computer Model)

$200

 

Fire Hydrant Flow Test (Recent Test Record Available)

$125

 

Letter in Lieu of Hydrant Flow Test

$125

 

Fire Hydrant use Charges (effective October 1, 2019)

 

Fire Hydrant Permit

$75

 

Private Fire Hydrant Flush

$81

 

Water and Sewer Rate – for Hydrant Use

Prevailing

Usage Based

3” Hydrant Meter Deposit

$1,600

 

3” Hydrant Meter Rental < 15 days

$75

Flat rate

3” Hydrant Meter Rental ≥ 15 days

$5

Per day

3” Hydrant Meter w BP Deposit

$2,200

Flat rate

3” Hydrant Meter w BP Rental < 15 days

$150

Flat rate

3” Hydrant Meter w BP Rental ≥ 15 days

$10

Per day

5/8” Hydrant Meter w BP Deposit

$700

Flat rate

5/8” Hydrant Meter w BP Rental < 15 days

$75

Flat rate

5/8” Hydrant Meter w BP Rental ≥15 days

$5

Per day

Fire Hydrant Use Per Day

Usage Based

 

 

Engineering Large Plans Review and Existing Permitting Fees

 

Standard

Expedited

Base Plan Submission Administrative Fee- for all review types

$140

Not Applicable

Reject Plan Submission Administrative fee for all review types

$75

Not Applicable

Large Permits Expedited (15 working days review per submission)

$17,400

 

Large Permit Basic

$10,000

 

Approved Plan Revision (Field Conditions)

$1,000

$1,750

Large Project Sheeting and Shoring (Large Commercial)

$6,500

$11,300

Abandonment Waiver Request

$500

$880

Water and sewer availability letter (large)

$500

$880

Temporary Water connections (previously Small Commercial-multi-family, apartments, store etc.)

$3,300

$5,800

Large Basic Plan Review Fee- 1 metered connection

$10,000

$17,400

Large Basic Plan Review Fee- 2 metered connections

$20,000

$34,800

Large Basic Plan Review Fee- 3 metered connections

$30,000

$52,200

Large Basic Plan Review Fee- 4 or more metered connections

$40,000 + Determined on a per project basis

$69,600+ Determined on a per project basis

Fire Service only > 2" (no interior renovations)

$4,500

$7,800

Sanitary or Combined Connection Only 8" or larger

$4,500

$7,800

Sanitary or Combined Connection Only 6" or less

$700

$1,200

Storm Connection Only 15" or larger

$4,500

$7,800

Storm Connection Only less than 15"

$700

$1,200

Large Renovation no new water/sewer work- Project Doc signoff only (inside a campus)

$400

$700

Large Project Approved Plan Revision (Project Scope/Design Change, or field change) (1)

$1,000

$1,750

Large Project Sheeting and Shoring (2)

$6,500

$11,300

Large water meter size reduction plan (no other work)

$3,300

$5,800

Large Project Raze utility release letter- no abandonments

$300

$500

Large Project Raze utility release letter- with abandonments

$700

$1,200

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

Fee Name

Standard

Expedited

Availability Letter (small)

$125

$215

Small Sheet and Shore

$1,000

$1,750

Small basic non-residential project- 1metered connection

$3,300

$5,800

Small basic non-residential project- 2 metered connection

$6,600

$11,600

Small basic non-residential project- 4 or more metered connections

$9,900

$17,400

Small basic non-residential project- 4 or more metered connections

$13,200 + Determined on a per project basis

$23,200 + Determined on a per project basis

Small Hybrid Non-Residential- 1 metered connection

$5,000

$8,700

Small Hybrid Non-Residential- 2 metered connections

$10,000

$17,400

Small Hybrid Non-Residential- 3 metered connections

$15,000

$26,100

Small Hybrid Non-Residential project- 4 or more metered connections

$20,000 + Determined on a per project basis

$34,800 + Determined on a per project basis

 

 

Standard

Expedited

Sanitary or combined Sewer connection only 6” and less

$700

$1,200

Storm sewer connection only less than 15”

$700

$1,200

Fire service only greater than 2”

$4,600

$8,100

Single Family Residential/ metered connection up to 50

$700 each Up to $25,000

$1,200 each

Town Houses/ metered connection up to 50

$700 each Up to $25,000

$1,200 each

More than 50 SFU or Town Houses

700 + each up to 50 and $350 for each above 50

1,200+ each up to 50 and $600 for each above 50

Small Non-Residential or Residential Raze utility release letter- no abandonment

$330

$580

Small Non-Residential or Residential Raze permit review and utility release letter- with abandonments (2)

$700

$1,200

As part of a project review

$300

$600

 

Proposed Excessive Submission (additional fee for 4th submission)

 

Standard

 Expedited

Large Plan Excessive Submission Review (2)

$2,400

$4,200

Small Non Residential Plan Excessive Submission Review

$600

$1,050

Residential Plan Excessive Submission Review (3)

$360

$630

Request for Information (RFI)

$30

$60

Letter in Lieu

$50

$90

Request for As-Built Drawings

$90/man hour

$150/man hour

Water Meter Sizing Computation

$90

$150

Water and Sewer Availability Letter

$500

$880

Delayed abandonment or waiver from Standards Letter (3)

$500

$880

Processing of Standard Easement Covenant

$1,000

$1,750

Processing of Non-Standard Easement Covenant

$5,000

$8,750

One Day Plan Design and Review and approval (Velocity type program)

Determined on per project basis; minimum fee- $20,000

 

 

Existing/ Proposed As-Built

Fee Name

 Standard

SFU Residential service connection -Small Residential

$250

Townhouses or SFU from multi-unit project

$250

Small non-residential, Large service connection (per connection)

$500

Small non-residential Fire Service

$750

Large non-residential water service 3” or more, sewer service 8” or more, fire service 3” or more

$750

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

Event and Equipment Fee

 

Number of DC Water Personnel Per Event
(Cost per event at $81/hour per person)

100 – 2,000

2

$162/hour

2,000 – 5,000

4

$321/hour

5,000 or more

6

$481/hour

 

Equipment

Per Unit Per Event

Misting Tent*

$550

Mobile Brita Hydration Station*

$600

Cooling Station

$420

Quench Buggy

$2,500

DC Water Mascot

$50

 

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

Fee Name

 

Waste Hauler Discharge Annual Permit Fee per Vehicle        

$30

Waste Hauling Disposal Fees

High strength grease trap waste

$0.07 per gallon

High strength septage waste

$0.07 per gallon

Domestic strength waste

$0.003 per gallon

Low strength waste

$0.003 per gallon

 

Industrial User Permit Fees

Permit Initial Fee                                                                          

$2,500

Permit Renewal Fee                                                                     

$700

 

Significant or Non-Significant Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 1 Outfall

$3,100

Significant or Non-Significant Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 2 or more Outfalls

$4,300

Significant Non-Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 1 or more Outfalls

$3,100

Significant Non-Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 2 or more Outfalls

$4,300

Non-Significant Non-Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 1 Outfall

$700

Non-Significant Non-Categorical Industrial User Annual Compliance Fee- 2 Outfalls

$900

 

High Strength Waste Fees

Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)

$0.135 Per Pound

Total Suspended Solids (TSS)

$0.263 Per Pound

Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen  (TKN) or Total Nitrogen (TN)

$1.471 Per Pound

Total Phosphorus (TP)

$4.524 Per Pound

Groundwater Sewer Charge

 

 

Per Unit

CCF

KGAL

Ground Sewer Charge

$2.33

$3.11

 

 

Proposed (Effective October 1, 2019)

Per Unit

CCF

KGAL

Ground Sewer Charge

$2.83

$3.78

Existing Miscellaneous Fees

Legal Charges

Unit

      Witness Fee

Salary + Fringe

Copying Charges

Existing (Unit)

     Standard Letter and Legal Pages Photocopying (per sheet)

$0.75