Prince George’s County residents should prepare for a possible hike in their water bill next year.
On Thursday, a Prince George’s Council Committee approved a possible 7.5 percent rate increase. It means the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) could add about $5.23 to the average homeowner’s monthly water bill starting in spring 2013.
The WSSC requested an increase to help offset rising costs in service in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
“What they are basically saying to us in Montgomery County is, We don’t want you to go over 8 percent, and here in Prince George’s, they’re saying, We don’t want you to go over 7.5 percent, and so with that in mind, we will have to work through the budget and bring a final product to them,” WSSC General Manager Jerry Johnson said Thursday.
Both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have to approve WSSC’s final budget in the spring. That’s when residents will know exactly how much they will be charged.