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Review Fees

Loudoun Water review fees are based on lengths of pipe.  All submissions will be based on total length of pipe until the plan has been approved.  Once the plan has been approved, if a revision to an approved plan (RAP) is submitted the fees are based on the revised lengths of pipe.

Type of Pipe

Price per Linear Foot

Water Main

$0.37

Water Service

$0.37

Sewer Main

$0.47

Sewer Lateral

$0.47

Reclaimed Main

$0.37

Reclaimed Service

$0.37

 

The minimum review fee for water is $250.00.
The minimum review fee for sewer is $250.00.
The minimum review fee for reclaimed water is $250.00.
For non-linear projects such as pump stations, PRV vaults, community systems, etc., the review fee is paid at the first submission and then reassessed at plan approval.  This fee is 2.5% of the construction bond estimate.

Where a Construction Permit is needed to extend or modify Loudoun Water's facilities, the applicant must pay Inspection and Record Drawing Fees to defray the cost of services provided by Loudoun Water. Rates are as follows:
 

Inspections, CCTV and Record Drawing Fees

 Inspection Fees

 

Per Linear Foot

Minimum

Water main and services $2.10 $250.00
Sewer main and laterals $2.31 $250.00

 

 Closed Circuit Television Inspection Fee

 

Per Linear Foot

Minimum

Sewer main only $1.35 $300.00

 

 Record Drawing Fee

 

Per Linear Foot

Minimum

Water main only $1.25 $500.00
Sewer main only $1.50 $500.00

 

Availability Charges

Loudoun Water assesses availability charges on all service connections. Payment of availability charges purchase capacity in Loudoun Water’s system.  

Availability charges are necessary to recoup the capital costs of delivering water and sewer service to customers. These capital costs result from construction of facilities such as treatment plants, storage tanks, transmission mains, and pump stations. The amount of the charge is based on the demand the customer places on the system, such that each customer pays for a proportionate share of the capital infrastructure provided by Loudoun Water.  

The capacities associated with water and wastewater availability charges are Maximum Daily Water (MDW) use and the Average Daily Sewer (ADS) use. Both are measured in gallons per day (gpd). For example, a single family residence would purchase 550 gpd MDW and 275 gpd ADS; this also know as one Equivalent Residential Connection (ERC).

In most cases, the availability charges are based upon the size of meter needed to convey the adequate flow and an associated ERC value (Table 1 – Availability Charges Based on Meter Size). However, for high demand customers, multi-family buildings, hotels, hospitals, and large connections, the charge may be based on an estimate of the customer’s demands.  

Table 1: Availability Charges Based on Meter Size

Meter ERC MDW (gpd) Water Availability ADS (gpd) Sewer Availability
3/4" (Residential)** 1 550 $7,039 275 $8,541
3/4" (Commercial) 1.5 825 $10,559 413 $12,811
1" 3 1,650 $21,118 825 $25,622
1-1/2" 6.5 3,575 $45,756 1,788 $55,515
2" Rotary 12 6,600 $84,472 3,300 $102,488

*Meters with capacity greater than a 2” Rotary shall be assessed availability charges based on estimated demand.
**1" UL Rated meter if fire line.

To provide guidance on estimating availability charges Loudoun Water has developed a list of appropriate meter sizes for a number of uses (Table 2 – Meter Size Based on Type of Use). One may apply the availability charges in Table 1 to the corresponding meter size in Table 2.  If a use is not addressed within the guidance below, please contact Loudoun Water to discuss the specific application.  

For customers who anticipate their demands to vary from the guidance provided herein, Loudoun Water can consider estimates provided by the customer. However, availability charges will not be assessed at an amount less than the rates within Table 1.

Table 2:  Meter Size Based on Type of Use

Use Type Meter Size Description/Assumptions
Carwash Ancillary to a Gas Station 1.5" meter Automated drive through, 1 bay, with a reclamation system.
Cinema up to 3,500 Seats 2" meter Standard cinema with concession stand and no restaurant or meal service.
Fitness Center with Indoor Swimming Pool up to 30,000 SF  2" meter This includes the pool draining to sanitary sewer.  This does not include outdoor pool or irrigation. 
Office - Medical Office up to 50,000 SF 1.5" meter Does not include irrigation.
Office - Medical Office 50,000 to 100,000 SF 2" meter Does not include irrigation.
Office Space up to 100,000 SF 1.5" meter Does not include irrigation.
Office Space 100,000 to 150,000 SF 2" meter Does not include irrigation.
Swimming Pool (Approximate Surface Area 5,500 SF) 2" meter This does not include bath/club house demands.
Restaurant - Coffee Shop 3/4" meter Stand alone coffee shop with independent service connection.  
Restaurant - Dine In less than 10,000 SF 1.5" meter Does not include irrigation.
Restaurant – Dine in up to 20,000 SF 2" meter Does not include irrigation.
Restaurant - Fast Food 1.5" meter Fast food restaurant with approximate floor area 3,000 SF.
Retail up to 4 Store Fronts 1" meter Does not include restaurants, grocery stores, indoor swimming pools, pet stores with aquariums, or irrigation.
Retail more than 4 Store Fronts 1.5" meter Does not include restaurants, grocery stores, indoor swimming pools, pet stores with aquariums, or irrigation.
Retail - Large Retail 2" meter Applicable to big box stores and construction retail. Does not include garden center or irrigation.
Warehouse 1.5" meter Does not include irrigation, evaporative cooling, data centers, laundry, food preparation and packaging, beer brewing, or other high water demand uses.  

For customers whose needs exceed the capacities listed in Table 1, multi-family buildings, hotels, hospitals, and large connections, availability charges are assessed based on an estimate of the customer’s demands. To provide guidance on estimating demands Loudoun Water has developed a list water and sewer demands based on use (Table 3 – Estimated Demand Based on Use).  

 

Table 3:  Estimated Demand Based on Use

Use Type MDW ADS Description/Assumptions
Brewery 15 gallons/ gallon Beer 7 gallons/ gallon Beer Applicable to the average production rate. Does not include restaurant use. Rates adapted from Water Resources Engineering, by Larry W. Mays, 2011.
Carwash 15,000 gpd 5,000 gpd Stand alone, automated drive through, 1 bay, with a reclamation system, and includes domestic use.
Cinema with More than 3,500 Seats 3 gpd/ seat 1 gpd/ seat Standard cinema with concession stand and no restaurant or meal service.
Evaporative Cooled Data Center  1 gpd/ SF 0.125 gpd/ SF Applicable to traditional evaporative cooling system (cooling towers).  Assumes a 25% blow-down to sanitary sewer. Does not include domestic use.
Fitness Center with Indoor Swimming Pool Larger than 30,000 SF  350 gpd/ 1000 SF 200 gpd/ 1000 SF This includes the pool draining to sanitary sewer.  This does not include outdoor pool or irrigation. 
Hospital 600 gpd/ bed 300 gpd/ bed An inpatient facility, not including urgent care, nursing home, or assisted living.  ADS based on Va.DEQ estimated wastewater flow rate.
Hotel 130 gpd/ room 85 gpd/ room This includes hotels and motels with swimming pool, meeting hosting, and breakfast.  This does not include evaporative cooling or irrigation.

Laundromat

(Coin Laundry)

900 gpd/ machine 450 gpd/ machine Considers non-high efficiency washers of varied capacity (20lb.-70lb.) and includes domestic use.
Multi-family  360 gpd/ unit 180 gpd/ unit Any building that has more than a single residential unit using one service connection.  Does not include irrigation.

Multi-family – Age Restricted 

150 gpd/ unit 100 gpd/ unit 55+ condo type living.  Swimming pool, irrigation, and commercial kitchens are not included. 

Office - Medical Office Larger than 100,000 SF

90 gpd/ 1000 SF 45 gpd/ 1000 SF Does not include irrigation.
Office Space Larger than 150,000 SF 60 gpd/ 1000 SF 30 gpd/ 1000 SF Does not include irrigation.
Restaurant - Dine In Larger than 20,000 SF 500 gpd/ 1000 SF 200 gpd/ 1000 SF Does not include irrigation.
Schools 75 gpd/ 1,000 SF 25 gpd/ 1,000 SF Includes evaporative cooling, but not irrigation or concession stands.  If evaporative cooling is not included, reduce the MDW to 50 gpd/1,000 SF.

To estimate availability charges using Table 3, one may apply the unit values for MDW and/or ADS to the following rates: 

Availability Charges for Estimated Demand:
Availability Charge Water $12.80/gpd of MDW
Availability Charge Wastewater $31.06/gpd of ADS

Examples Using Table 3:
Hotel (100 Rooms):
Water Availability Charge = 100 Rooms x 130 gpd/Room x $12.80/gpd = $166,400
Sewer Availability Charge = 100 Rooms x 85 gpd/Room x $31.06/gpd = $264,010

Evaporative Cooled Data Center (100,000 SF):
Water Availability Charge = 100,000 SF x 1 gpd/SF x $12.80/gpd = $1,280,000
Sewer Availability Charge = 100,000 SF x 0.125 gpd/SF x $31.06/gpd = $388,250

Fitness Center (50,000 SF):
Water Availability Charge = 50,000 SF x 350 gpd / 1,000 SF x $12.80/gpd = $224,000
Sewer Availability Charge = 50,000 SF x 200 gpd / 1,000 SF x $31.06/gpd = $310,600

 

Central System Water & Sewer User Rates

Fiscal Year    
Water Base Rates per month   2020 2021
(Meter Size)      
5/8"   $11.94 $12.36
3/4"   $16.82 $17.41
1"   $35.38 $36.61
1.5"   $55.88 $57.84
2"   $90.05 $93.21
3"   $148.64 $153.84
4"   $246.27 $254.89
6"   $490.37 $507.53
Multifamily & Commercial      
Usage Rate      
(per 1,000 gallons) Tier 1 $3.44 $3.56
  Tier 2 $5.92 $6.13
All Other Uses (Irrigation)   $7.29 $7.55

 

Reclaimed Water    
Uniform Rate per 1,000 gallons   2020 2021
    $1.61 $1.66

 

Fiscal Year    
Sewer Base Rates Per Month   2020 2021
(Meter Size)      
5/8"   $11.93 $12.35
3/4"   $17.07 $17.67
1"   $36.64 $37.92
1.5"   $58.25 $60.29
2"   $94.27 $97.57
3"   $156.03 $161.49
4"   $258.95 $268.01
6"   $516.26 $534.33
Usage Rate (per 1,000 gallons)   $5.14 $5.32
Typically new rates go into effect January 1 of each year    
Source: Authority Division of Finance    

*Includes, but not limited to, fire hydrant special use and construction water for which an availability charge has not been paid and irrigation and irrigation submeters. 
Changes effective January 1
Base rates are monthly 
Source: Authority Division of Finance

 

Connection Charges

Loudoun Water assesses availability charges on all service connections.  Payment of availability charges purchase capacity in Loudoun Water’s system.  Loudoun Water also assesses a permit fee and meter charge for each connection.

In most cases, the availability charges are based upon the size of meter needed to convey the adequate flow and an associated ERC value (Table 1 – Availability Charges Based on Meter Size). However, for high demand customers, multi-family buildings, hotels, hospitals, and large connections, the charge may be based on an estimate of the customer’s demands. 

To provide guidance on estimating availability charges Loudoun Water has provided a list of appropriate meter sizes for a number of uses.  Please see the Availability Charges page for more information on choosing the correct meter size and for information on when the above table may not apply to your application. 

Table 2: Meter Costs

Meter Size

Meter Cost

¾” Residential

$240.00

1" Residential with Fire Line* $285.00

¾” Commercial

$240.00

1” R2

$260.00

1.5” C2

$850.00

2” C2

$1,100.00

2” T2

$800.00

3” C2

$1,350.00

3” T2

$975.00

1.5” McCrometer

$4,150.00

2” McCrometer

$4,150.00

3” McCrometer

$4,200.00

*Requires testable backflow assembly.
The customer pays for the cost of the meter prior to installation.  The meter size is determined by the Loudoun Water project engineer and the consulting engineer based on the maximum instantaneous demand needed at the premise. 

Table 3: Permit Charges

Type

Sewer (per lateral)

Water (per service line)

Residential

$80.00

$80.00

Commercial / Industrial

$120.00

$120.00

Loudoun Water charges permit fees to offset the cost of inspecting the building sewer lateral and water service line. If your lateral fails the inspection another permit fee may be imposed. 

Hydrant Meter Program Fees and Penalties

  • Advance Payment Fee - $400 (3/4") or $1,720 (3")
  • Rate per 1,000 gallons of water is $7.29.
  • A one-time permit charge of $30.00 will be on your first bill for all new hydrant meter permits.
  • A minimum charge of $10.00 per month will be assessed whether the meter is used or not.
  • A penalty of $100.00 will be imposed for each month there is a failure to report meter readings by the due date.
  • A penalty of $500.00 will be imposed for each instance of unauthorized or improper use of a fire hydrant based upon above stated regulations. The customer is responsible for any damage resulting from this instance.
  • If the hydrant meter is damaged beyond repair, the original advanced payment fee supplied will be forfeited. If repairs are possible, the customer may be billed for the parts replaced.
  • A penalty of $250.00 will be imposed for damages caused to the hydrant meter register or if it is missing.
  • Unlawful tampering with waterworks results in a Class 6 Felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail. Maliciously tampering with hydrants results in a Class 3 Felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000.
  • Any hydrant meter used in any of Loudoun Water’s service area that is not owned by Loudoun Water is subject to confiscation. A $500 fine will be applied, and the user will be billed for all usage from last submitted reading to associated water authority.
  • Loudoun Water Staff may confiscate a hydrant meter and associated equipment if they witness inappropriate use.  The meter will not be returned until the penalty has been paid.