Fairfax Water Rates, Fees and Charges
As a non-profit public utility, Fairfax Water is mandated to charge only for the actual cost of providing water service to our customers. We conduct Cost of Service
studies to evaluate this cost and look closely at population projections, average per capita water usage, and projected inflation rates. For example, one of the major
challenges we face is probably familiar to you - the ever-rising cost for fuel and power.
Fairfax Water also has a Strategic Financial Planning Model and we ensure that any proposed increases in rates, fees, and charges are consistent with this model. Most
importantly, we evaluate the proposed increases against these guiding principles:
- Are the proposed increases fair and reasonable?
- Were they derived from empirical data?
- Will they be applied equitably to our customers?
Fairfax Water's Current Rates, Fees and Charges
For a complete list, see the Schedule of Rates, Fees, and Charges effective April 1, 2013.
Proposed Changes to Fairfax Water’s Rates, Fees, and Charges
On Dec. 12, 2013, the Fairfax Water Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on the proposed revision to the commodity
charge from $2.29 to $2.42 per 1,000 gallons, effective with meter readings taken on or after April 1, 2014.
For a complete list of the proposed changes,
On Dec. 19, 2013, the Fairfax Water Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on the proposed rate schedule incorporating
the existing commodity rates and service charges of the City of Falls Church and the City of Fairfax water systems.
For details on the proposed changes,
Lowest Rates in the Region
Fairfax Water has the lowest rates in the Washington metropolitan region. See the
comparison of regional water rates.
Planning for the Future
Another challenge we face is planning for the future. At Fairfax Water, we have plans in place to meet water demands through 2040 and we’re working on plans to ensure our
distribution system remains strong through this century. Read more. This long-range planning allows us to make changes in our rates, fees, and charges in small increments
to keep our system strong, which ensures we can expand as needed to meet water demands. Improvements to our system over the past several years cost $500 million, with another
$600 million anticipated over the next 10 years. To learn more, read more about these projects here.