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FY2021 and FY2022 Approved Rates

The Board approved rate changes for fiscal year 2021 and fiscal year 2022, beginning Oct. 1, 2020 and Oct. 1, 2021, respectively.

This is the third time that DC Water presented a multi-year rate proposal covering the period of FY 2021 and FY 2022. The projected benefits include (1) greater revenue certainty, (2) increased budget discipline and (3) better alignment between revenues and expenditures.

DC Water has aligned Cost of Service Studies to its two-year rate proposals.  To help ensure that costs are being properly recovered (water costs are recovered through the water rates, for example), DC Water conducts regular Cost of Service Studies.  Previously the studies were done every three years, but this year DC Water began conducting two year Cost of Service Studies to fully align the study with the two year rate proposals.

DC Water held virtual town hall meetings for all 8 wards of the District from June 23rd through July 15th.

Below are the approved rates for Fiscal Year 2021 and Fiscal Year 2022.  DC Water’s Board of Directors held its annual public hearing on the proposed rate changes on August 5, 2020, at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Headquarters to hear testimony from customers.  The Board considered the customer's comments and voted on the following rate changes at the Board meeting held on Thursday September 3, 2020.

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FY 2021 and FY 2022 Approved Rates

Fig. 1 in Ccf and equivalent gallons 1 Ccf = 748 gallons

 

Current
FY 2021
(Effective 10/1/2020)

Approved
FY 2022
(Effective 10/1/2021)

Rate Class

Ccf

1,000
Gallons

Ccf 1,000
Gallons

Water Rate

   

  Residential - 0 - 4 Ccf

$3.49

$4.67

$3.63 $4.85

  Residential - greater than 4 Ccf

$4.50 $6.02 $4.74 $6.34

  Multi-Family

$3.96 $5.29 $4.15 $5.55

  Non-Residential

$4.65 $6.22 $4.91 $6.56

Sewer Rate

   

  Residential

$9.77 $13.06 $10.64 $14.22

  Multi-Family

$9.77

$13.06

$10.64 $14.22

  Non-Residential

$9.77 $13.06 $10.64 $14.22
PILOT (Payment-In-Lieu Of Taxes) Fee*    

  Residential

$0.54 $.072 $0.56 $0.75

  Multi-Family

$0.54 $0.72 $0.56 $0.75

  Non-Residential

$0.54 $0.72 $0.56 $0.75

The Right-of-Way (ROW) Fee*

   

  Residential

$0.19

$0.25

$0.19 $0.25

  Multi-Family

$0.19

$0.25

$0.19 $0.25

  Non-Residential

$0.19 $0.25 $0.19 $0.25

Groundwater Sewer Charge

   

  Residential

$2.83

$3.78

$2.83 $3.78

  Multi-Family

$2.83

$3.78

$2.83 $3.78

  Non-Residential

$2.83

$3.78 $2.83 $3.78
Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge

per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)

  Residential

$19.52 $18.40

  Multi-Family

$19.52 $18.40

  Non-Residential

$19.52 $18.40

Customer Metering Fee

By Meter Size

  Residential**

$4.96

$7.75

  Multi-family

vary by meter size

  Non-Residential

vary by meter size

Water System Replacement Fee

By Meter Size

 Residential**

$6.30

$6.30

  Multi-family

vary by meter size

  Non-Residential

vary by meter size

Stormwater Fee***

per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)

  Residential

$2.67

$2.67

  Multi-Family

$2.67

$2.67

  Non-Residential

$2.67

$2.67

* District of Columbia pass-through fees

** For 5/8" meter size

*** DC Water bills and collects the Stormwater Fee on behalf of the District Government

Fig. 2 Average Monthly Residential Water and Sewer Bills for FY 2021 and FY 2022*
  Current
FY 2021 
Approved
FY 2022 ††
DC Water Retail Rates* $73.30 $78.92
Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge $19.52 $18.40
DC Water Customer Metering Fee** $4.96 $7.75
DC Water Water System Replacement Fee*** $6.30 $6.30
Subtotal: DC Water Rates & Charges $104.08 $111.37
Increase Over Prior Year $6.73 $7.29
District of Columbia PILOT Fee ††† $2.93 $3.04
District of Columbia Right-of-Way Fee ††† $1.03 $1.03
District of Columbia Stormwater Fee ††† $2.67 $2.67
Subtotal: District of Columbia Charges $6.63 $6.74
Total Amount Appearing on DC Water Bill $110.71 $118.11
Increase Over Prior Year $6.90 $7.40
 FY 2021 is effective from October 1, 2020
†† FY 2022 will be effective October 1, 2021
†††  DC Water bills and collects the PILOT, ROW, and Stormwater fees on behalf of the District.

* Assumes average monthly consumption of 5.42 Ccf or 4,054 gallons.
** The DC Water Customer Metering Fee varies by meter size. The fee given here is the lowest fee and operates as a baseline.
*** The DC Water System Replacement Fee varies by meter size. The fee given here is the lowest fee and operates as a baseline.

Custom Metering Fee

Meter Size
Current
FY 2021
Approved
FY 2022
5/8" $ 4.96 $ 7.75
3/4" $ 5.22 $ 8.16
1" $ 5.86 $ 9.16
1x1.25" $ 6.21 $ 9.70
1.5" $ 8.85 $ 13.82
2" $ 9.69 $ 15.14
2x1/2" $ 10.28 $ 16.07
2x5/8" $ 10.28 $ 16.07
3" $ 98.92 $154.56
3x5/8" $100.16 $156.49
3x3/4" $100.16 $156.49
4" $176.52 $275.81
4x3/4" $177.52 $277.38
4x1" $177.52 $277.38
4x2" $177.52 $277.38
4x2x5/8" $232.64 $363.49
6" $344.56 $538.37
6x1" $350.42 $547.52
6x1x1/2" $350.42 $547.52
6x1/2" $415.17 $648.70
6x3x3/4" $415.17 $648.70
6x3" $415.17 $648.70
8" $415.42 $649.10
8x2" $415.42 $649.10
8x4x1" $460.36 $719.31
10" $408.51 $638.30
10x2" $518.65 $810.38
10x6x1" $518.65 $810.38
10x6" $518.65 $810.38
12" $423.61 $661.89
12x6" $423.61 $661.89
16" $449.04 $701.62