More September Updates

Dear Neighbor,

Please note the following updates from your BSVCA board. Apologies for the late notice regarding the Virginia American Water rate increase, as it just came to our attention. Also, please email if you or someone you know would like to be nominated for a board position. Of particular need are officer candidates! The BSVCA needs volunteers to operate.

City of Alexandria Formally Objects to Virginia American Water Rate Increase

City Estimates Annual Water Bills Could Increase by 40%

Public is Encouraged to Register Opposition with the State Corporation Commission BY TODAY, SEPTEMBER 20

At the direction of Alexandria City Council, the City has formally objected on behalf of Alexandria’s water customers to Virginia American Water’s request to the State Corporation Commission to raise water rates. The City’s primary objections are that the company’s proposed return on equity, or profit margin, should be lower; the rate of bill increases should be gradual and representative of national averages; and costs of serving customers should be appropriately and fairly allocated among residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

“While Virginia American Water is an important partner in Alexandria’s water system, the City has a responsibility to the community to speak up when rate increases are too aggressive,” said City Manager James Parajon. “Increases are needed from time to time in order to maintain and improve aging infrastructure, but they must be structured and paced fairly and equitably.”

The company has requested authority to increase its rates to produce additional annual jurisdictional sales revenues totaling nearly $14.3 million, or a 27.6% increase over present pro forma revenues. The company’s request includes an annual water service rate increase of $11,565,880 or 27.35%. The company indicates that this rate request is based on a 10.9% proposed return on equity, or the rate of profit the company desires to achieve.

Under the requested rate increase, the bill for an average residential customer using 4,500 gallons of water per month would increase by about 40% - or a total of about $117 per year. This estimate excludes purchased water and other surcharges such as the Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Surcharge (WWISC). Residential customers with above-average water usage, for example, greater than 5,500 gallons per month, will see their monthly bills increase by more than 50%.

The public is encouraged to submit comments opposing the requested increase online with the State Corporation Commission by September 20. On the online application, choose “Submit Comments” under case PUR-2021-00255. Indicate in your comments that the return on equity should be lower and the rate increase should be phased in more gradually.

The Commission will hold a public hearing starting September 23 at 10 a.m. by telephone. The hearing will continue September 27, at 10 a.m. where participants may join via telephone, webcast or in-person. The in-person hearing option will be held in the second-floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building (1300 E. Main St., Richmond). The Commission will hear from the public, the company, and other stakeholders. Members of the public desiring to speak at the hearing should arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to register with the bailiff.

The City does not operate utilities. Virginia American Water is the privately-owned, for-profit provider of drinking water in Alexandria.

Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Advisory Group Meeting (Hybrid)

The Eisenhower West Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Advisory Group will hold a meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 7pm at the Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Avenue. Discussion topics include the upcoming Alexandria West planning process, West End (Landmark) development and an update on the Victory Center site. There will be time at the end of the meeting for questions from the community.

Community members choosing to join virtually may do so through the following:

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 955 2858 7545

Passcode: 927404

Dial in: 301.715.8592

A video recording of the meeting will be available on the Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation webpage following the meeting. 

For meeting materials, information on the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan and the Landmark Van Dorn Corridor Plan and their implementation, please visit the project website.

Polk Ave Sidewalk Update

On September 17, City Council denied the appeal/upheld the Traffic and Parking Boards’ approval to remove the 9 parking spaces on Polk Ave between Pelham and Palmer to clear the way for a sidewalk, closing the gap on the north side of the street. The motion was approved unanimously. To the board’s knowledge, this clears the way for this project to proceed, but we will update you with any new progress. Thank you to the many neighbors who engaged in the public discourse around this topic representing the differing positions and opinions.

Next BSVCA General Meeting

The BSVCA invites you to its annual membership meeting where we will vote on a new slate of board members and welcome Mayor Justin Wilson for a Q&A.

Saturday, Oct 29, 2022 11:00 am

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 833 1558 0621

Passcode: 055835

One Tap Mobile login: +13017158592,,83315580621#,,,,*055835#

Athletic Field Lighting

Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities will hold Community Meeting #3 on the Proposed Athletic Field Lighting on Wednesday, September 21 at 7 p.m.

Click here to sign up:

Thank you,

BSVCA Board of Directors

Join/Renew Your Membership Online

You can also mail a check for your membership dues to:
Brookville Seminary Valley Civic Assoc.

PO BOX 9125
Alexandria, Virginia 22304