Why did the City need to raise the water and sewer rates?
The City’s water and sewer enterprise funds are supposed to be self-sustaining through rates that cover all operating, maintenance, financing and capital costs. Since 1999, during a time in which the average sewer rates for the 50 largest cities in the U.S. increased by more than 100 percent and the average water rates increased by more than 95 percent, the City's rates increased by 0 percent and 24 percent, respectively. As a result, the City’s General Fund has subsidized the water and sewer funds to the tune of several million dollars.

Also, the City is served by a water treatment plant that dates back to 1927 and has reached the end of its useful life. This is an extremely important issue as clean water is critical to every single resident and visitor in Annapolis. Public health, the economy, and our environment will be compromised if the City fails to properly care for its water and sewer systems.

The City must invest millions of dollars in its utilities infrastructure over the next 20 to 25 years in order to keep these resources viable. If these investments are not made the City runs the risk of experiencing major system failures such as water main breaks as experienced over the last few years by the City of Baltimore and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. For more information on the water and sewer infrastructure in the U.S., visit the Liquid Assets website.

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1. When will I see the full impact of the fee increases in my bill?
2. How much more will I pay for sewer and water?
3. Why did the City need to raise the water and sewer rates?
4. Are there alternate payment plans?
5. Why do customers with larger meters have to pay higher fees?
6. Why are out-of-city customers charged so much more for water?
7. Why do we need to spend so much money on a new water treatment plant?
8. How do Annapolis' water and sewer rates compare to the rates in other cities and counties?
9. Are there plans to increase the rates further in the future?