Sewer Charges and Taxes
Fairfax Water does not maintain the sewer system, but we do provide sewer billing and collection services for Fairfax County, the City of Falls Church and the City of Fairfax. This allows most of our customers to pay for both water and sewer services on a combined statement.
The fiscal year runs July 1 - June 30, annually. The rates take effect with service rendered after July 1. Most customers will see the new rates with meter readings on or after October 1, 2017. Monthly customers will see this change with August 1 readings and later.
Information can be found at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/wastewater/sewer-rate-increase or you can direct questions to 703-324-5015, TTY 711.
Article 10, Chapter 67.1 of the County Code, which establishes these rates. They were approved by the Board of Supervisors as part of the FY 2018 Budget, on May 2, 2017.
The base charge changes are presented in the table.
The sewer base charge is based on account type and meter size. The larger the meter size, the higher the base charge. The sewer base charge is collected to partially recover fixed expenses to operate and manage the system, which continue to increase. The aging system and increased regulatory requirements are contributing factors.
For accounts with more than one main meter, the base charges will be added and appear on the bill as one line item. Sub-meters will not be charged a sewer base.
Current consumption is billed at a rate of $6.75 per 1,000 gallons.
Effective with service rendered on July 1, 2017 or later, the residential customers are billed for use of the sanitary sewer system at a rate of $6.75 per 1,000 gallons. Sewer usage is based on water consumption during the current billing period or the preceding winter quarter billing period, whichever is lower. This prevents residential customers from being charged sewer rates on water used outdoors during the summer.
Residential customers who use the County’s sanitary sewer system and obtain water from a private well are charged based on the number of persons residing in the home.
Effective service rendered on July 1, 2017 or later, the commercial customers are billed for sewer use based on their actual water consumption at a rate of $6.75 per 1,000 gallons. Some commercial customers use meters to separately measure water that does not drain to the sanitary sewer system, such as water used for irrigation or cooling systems. These metering arrangements do not benefit residential customers, whose winter quarter water consumption limits the amount of sewer usage billed in the summer months.
Commercial customers who use the County’s sanitary sewer system and obtain water from a private well are charged based on the number of fixtures in the commercial building.
City of Falls Church
On February 13, 2017, Falls Church City Council decided to maintain the current rates for another fiscal year. The rates originally effective with service rendered July 1, 2016 will continue to be effective through June 30, 2018.
More information can be found at: http://www.fallschurchva.gov/600/Rates or you can direct questions to the Department of Public Works at 703-248-5350, TTY 711.
A fixed charge of $6.00 for quarterly bills and $2.00 for monthly bills is paid to the City of Falls Church to partially recover administrative and customer service costs.
Residential customers are billed at a rate of $9.87 per 1,000 gallons. It is based on winter quarter water consumption or the actual water consumption during the current billing period, whichever is lower. This prevents residential customers from being charged sewer rates on water used outdoors during the warmer months because it does not drain to the sanitary sewer system. The City of Falls Church prorates this amount on initial and final bills based on average winter quarter consumption.
Non-metered Services - Single-family residences are billed on the basis of per capita average of similar users. These customers are charged based on the number of persons residing in the home.
Commercial customers are billed at a rate of $9.87 per 1,000 gallons. It is based on actual water consumption. Some commercial customers use additional meters to separately measure water that does not drain to the sanitary sewer system, such as water used for irrigation or cooling systems. Residential customers would not benefit from this type of metering because their winter quarter consumption already limits the amount of sewer usage billed in the summer months.
Water and sewer utility taxes are assessed by and collected for the City of Falls Church. Residential customers are taxed on water and sewer at a rate of 10 percent each, with a maximum of $15 each. Commercial customers are taxed on water and sewer at a rate of 8 percent each, with no maximum.
City of Fairfax
On May 3, 2017, the City Council passed an item to amend Chapter 102, Article II, Section 102-31 of the Code of the City of Fairfax, to increase the rates for wastewater service furnished by the City by 10.0%
Sewer Minimum Charge
is based on all water used up to 5,000 gallons during the current billing period.
Current consumption is billed at a rate of $6.79 per 1,000 gallons, above the minimum.
Effective with service rendered on July 1, 2017 and later, consumption will be billed at a rate of $7.47 per 1,000 gallons, above the minimum.
The city’s wastewater rates are based on the amount of water used as recorded by the water meter. There is no adjustment in the wastewater bill for water used for irrigation.
Non-metered Services - Residences are billed a flat sewer service charge.
Apartment sewer charges are calculated by taking the greater of the following:
Utility tax is assessed by and collected for the City of Fairfax. The tax is equal to 15 percent of the water service charge. There is a maximum of $15 that is assessed to residential customers and a maximum of $500 to commercial customers.
Apartment water taxes are calculated by taking the lesser of the following, but shall not exceed $500 per month:
If you need more information about rates, please visit http://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/public-works/wastewater-division/water-wastewater-rates or call 703-385-7915.
Lateral Repair and Replacement Charge
Effective April 1, 2017, Fairfax City sewer customers will see a Lateral Repair and Replacement Charge on their bill.
Income from this charge will be escrowed in a separate account and used solely for partial reimbursements for eligible wastewater lateral repairs and replacements, managed and paid by the customer, as well as other direct services provided by the Utility exclusively for this purpose. Eligibility is based on demonstrated need and meeting program requirements More information about the program at http://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/public-works/wastewater-lateral-repair-and-replacement-program .