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Board Approves Ordinance to Address Water Rate Issue

(from the office of Sharon Bulova, Chairman Fairfax County Board of Supervisors)

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that will lower water bills for Fairfax County customers of water systems of neighboring jurisdictions and establish the Fairfax Water Authority as the sole water provider for new developments and redeveloping areas. The vote followed a public hearing where Supervisors heard from residents, developers and businesses affected by the ordinance.  The ordinance was the culmination of a series of actions taken by the Board of Supervisors to correct the water rate disparity. In October, our Board adopted a report by the Consumer Protection Committee (CPC) that recommended action to make sure Fairfax County residents are treated fairly by their water service providers.  The dispute over the cost of water for County residents served by the City of Falls Church has been going on for many years. For more than 20 years Falls Church had been overcharging County residents while transferring the “profits” of the water service to its general fund (totaling $58 million).  Most Fairfax County residents receive their water from Fairfax Water. Several smaller providers operate in the County that serve the City of Falls Church, the Town of Vienna and the City of Fairfax. In some places their service areas overlap into the county.  The CPC report recommended setting a limit on the rates charged to our residents and making the Fairfax Water Authority the exclusive provider for new water customers in Fairfax County (in new developments and redevelopments).
The Consumer Protection Commission’s report on the Falls Church dispute can be found here.