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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: D.C. water rates reworked in customer favor
Question of the Day
Chris Parillo’s letter to the editor (“D.C. must get a handle on spending,” March 18) contains a number of mistaken assumptions about the budget, rate structure and operations of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.
For example, the Clean Rivers Project, a $2.6 billion project to reduce overflows to our waterways (a project Mr. Parillo declared “unsustainable”) is required by a federal consent decree. Likewise, we have refined the Impervious Area Charge that funds this project so nearly 92 percent of our customers actually pay the same or a smaller share of the total this year than they did the year before.
However, we believe our customers should absolutely demand answers about proper stewardship of their hard-earned funds, especially as we propose a rate increase in challenging economic times.
To that end, we are in the midst of a citywide series of town hall meetings and are preparing for a public hearing on our proposed rates. We would love to hear from all of our customers, including Mr. Parillo. The schedule can be found at dcwater.com/rates.
GEORGE S. HAWKINS
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