How old is the water/sewer system?

Most of our water and sewer system was installed in the 1950s during a housing and commercial boom. Now, much of this infrastructure is reaching the end of its usable life and needs to be replaced or upgraded.

Specifically, about 50% of our underground pipes are at least 50 years old, and these older pipes experience more frequent breaks and stoppages. Our wastewater treatment plants were installed 35 to 45 years ago with help from the federal government, and that funding source no longer exists.

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1. How much will my water and sewer rates increase in 2018?
2. I own a business. My rate increase is larger. Why?
3. How do Montgomery County rates compare to other local water utilities?
4. What options do customers have to reduce the impact of rate increases?
5. Why do we need a rate increase? Why is it important?
6. How old is the water/sewer system?
7. What will the rate increase fund? How will the money be used?
8. What have you done to reduce costs and use your financial resources wisely?