Wastewater Lateral Repair Fee to Appear on Water Bills
Beginning in April, city wastewater customers will see a new charge on their Fairfax Water bill for the Wastewater Lateral Repair Assistance Program.
These funds are exclusively for a self-sustaining customer-supported escrow account: $18 per year for single-family, townhouse and duplex property owners; and $36 annually for owners of apartment and condominium buildings; hotels and motels; and commercial or industrial facilities. These charges are scheduled for implementation on bills beginning April 1.
Eligibility is based on demonstrated need and meeting program requirements: substantiation of reasonable cost and city-approved installation that meets city plumbing code requirements. Excluded from this program are repairs caused by root infestation, blockage removal, and owner’s abuse or fault, and repairs within private property.
Reimbursement may include:
- 75 percent of customer’s actual payments up to $5,000 for replacements from dwelling or business unit entirely to the main;
- 25 percent of customer’s actual payments up to $2,500 for repairs or replacements only within the right-of-way; and
- 25 percent of customer’s actual payments up to $2,500 for repairs or replacements only within the private property and only for the entire length.
Property owners are encouraged to seek sufficient private insurance coverage for water and wastewater damage and repairs; click here for more information.