Why do we need to spend so much money on a new water treatment plant?
The City’s water treatment plant dates back to 1927 and is at the end of its useful life. A detailed study was done to evaluate alternatives for upgrading the existing plant versus constructing a new plant. The study concluded that, based on a life cycle cost analysis, building a new plant is most cost effective.

The estimate for the new plant is in the range of 30 to 50 million dollars. This range is consistent with costs for other plants and major upgrade water treatment projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. The City is taking action to try and reduce the cost of the water plant to the greatest extent possible and will likely obtain low interest financing for the project through the Maryland Department of the Environment, which will significantly reduce the cost of borrowing funds to construct the new plant.

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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?