Price of Water to Rise Too?

Got the following press release from a listserv. Water to increase $4.24 a month? Is this a bad sign of the times? I’ve always thought water was extremely inexpensive anyway. Of course, I don’t bathe that often so what do I know…

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC WASA) is
hosting community meetings to discuss a proposed adjustment to water
and sewer rates. The Board is considering a rate increase of 8.5
percent for water and sewer services. If approved, the new rate
becomes effective October 2008 and would raise the average monthly
bill by approximately $4.24 (based on an average monthly usage of
8.33 Ccf or 6,231 gallons of water).

DC WASA WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU! Meeting times and places after the jump.

Please plan to attend any of the following meetings:

MONDAY, MAY 19 6:30 pm 8:30 PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
901 G Street, NW

TUESDAY, MAY 20 6:30 pm- 8:30 PM
Washington Center for the Aging
2601 18th Street, NE

TUESDAY, MAY 27 6:30 -8:30 PM
Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 6:30-8:30 PM
Southwest Neighborhood Library
900 Wesley Place, SW

THURSDAY, MAY 29 6:30-8:30 pm
Anacostia Senior High School Auditorium
1601 16th Street, SE

In addition, DC WASA is hosting public hearings on the proposed rate
adjustments Wednesday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 pm and Monday, June 23,
10:00 am-noon at Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 777
North Capitol Street, NE (within walking distance of Union Station).
For more information, contact DC WASA Public Affairs at (202) 787-

Aleizha Batson
DC WASA Office of Public Affairs

3 Comment

  • 8 CCF is a decent amount of water. We’re a family of two adults, two kids, and two dogs, and we never use more than 4 CCF. So, an increase of $4 for those who use twice as much water as us seems entirely reasonable.

  • water is the new oil folks. water rates have been kept artificially low for decades, and the city and nation’s water infrastructure — pipes, etc — are generally waaaay past their prime. in the next 20 years, prices are likely to double as cities struggle to keep water clean and safe and still manage sewer and drinking water needs.
    so, yeah, $4 is ok. 🙂

  • Right on Erica. DC WASA charges 0.8 cents (yes, less than one penny) per gallon of water. That beats bottle water any day, and includes transportation to your tap.

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