Thursday, May 7, 2009

Suburban Md. Lawmakers Approve 9% Water Rate Hike - Washington Post

By Katherine Shaver
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 7, 2009; 5:36 PM

Residents in Prince George's and Montgomery counties will pay an additional 9 percent for water and sewer services beginning July 1, and more of the utility's decaying underground pipes will be repaired under a new budget approved today by local lawmakers.

Under the plan, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission customers will pay $13.50 more on their quarterly bills, which now average about $155 for residential customers.

Montgomery and Prince George's council members approved the $961.7 million total budget for fiscal 2010. They added $1 million to the utility's initial request for repairs to its largest, high-pressure water mains, which officials say pose the greatest risk to the public because they can break catastrophically and without warning.

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