Agenda: Alexandria Looks Into Water Bills

(Courtesy of American Water Resources)

By Ricardo Alfaro

Alexandria, VA – The City of Alexandria is growing and with it the challenge of keeping up with its infrastructure.

For years, the City has been dealing with problems about the storm water system, sanitary sewer system, and combined system in Old Town.

With this in mind, Agenda Alexandria is taking a step back to look at the whole story starting with what is the origin of water entering homes and commercial establishments? On the outage, where does the water exiting properties flow?

Agenda Alexandria will look at the entity providing potable water and the different entities involved in the intake and outtake process. We’ll do an overview and breakdown of water bill charges from entities such as Virginia American Water, AlexRenew, and the City of Alexandria. We will address historical changes, including collecting stormwater taxes via real estate taxes from 2010 to 2017 and then “storm water fees” from 2017 to the present.

Finally, we will also take a look at the infrastructure itself. Agenda Alexandria will discuss flows to the Potomac River either directly via the stormwater system or after processing by AlexRenew from the sanitary sewer system.

Karen Pallansch, CEO of Renew Alexandria, and Barry Suits, President of VA/MD American Water, will join our Vice Chair, Rod Kuckro, to discuss what’s in my water bill. The program will take place at The Lyceum on Monday, October 25, at 6:30 pm.

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Agenda: Alexandria is a registered 501(c)(3) non-partisan organization that encourages informed debate and discussion on a wide variety of local issues without taking a position. We host in-person and digital programs on topics of interest to the residents of the City of Alexandria.

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