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BOWIE RESIDENTS WILL HAVE SLIGHTLY HIGHER WATER BILLS

BOWIE RESIDENTS WILL HAVE SLIGHTLY HIGHER WATER BILLS

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Effective July 1st new water and sewer rates went into effect.  The extra proceeds will be used to help upgrade the existing water system that is over 50 years old.


New Rates in Effect for Bowie Water & Sewer System Customers

Customers of the City of Bowie Water & Sewer System will see a new fee on their bill. The Renewal and Replacement Fee was put in place July 1st to help pay for the replacement of aging pipes in the water distribution system.

  

The City of Bowie Water & Sewer System was constructed in the early 1960s when much of Levitt Bowie was being developed. The system provides service to approximately 7,900 customers, which is less than 40% of all City households.  Now over 50 years old, the system is in need of upgrading.

  

The system operates as a separate financial entity, which means that the costs of the system are borne only by the customers. No tax revenue supports the system. In order to pay for the necessary upgrades, a new fee of $22.75 was imposed as of July 1, 2017. Work on upgrading the pipes will take place in Long Ridge this year and will continue over the next several years throughout the entire system.

  

In addition to the new fee, there will also be a rate increase for Fiscal Year 2018. The water rate increase is $.23 per thousand gallons and $.34 for sewer services. For the average household, which uses about 13,000 gallons of water per quarter; this will result in a quarterly increase of $7.41. This will pay for increased costs associated with managing the system. Between the new fee and the rate increase, customers should expect their bill to be approximately $30 more per quarter.

  

While bill increases are never welcome, in this case, they are most necessary and they will help to keep the Bowie Water & Sewer System stable and well maintained for many years to come, so that we do not experience the problems that other aging systems around the country have faced. We appreciate your understanding.


It's good to see that the City of Bowie is proactive in addressing water and sewer problems.  We often take these utilities for granted until some unexpected issue disrupts them.   With repairs in the works, we can relax knowing our systems will be working properly.


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