Rates & Charges for Commercial and Industrial

Your AlexRenew payment does quite a bit. Not only does it help us clean your dirty water, it also helps ensure that future generations will be able to swim and fish in local waterways. Both the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay are the healthiest they’ve been in years thanks to your investment. Yet, to continue this water quality success, more is continually asked of us as your wastewater treatment provider.

What makes up your AlexRenew bill?

Your monthly wastewater treatment bill is comprised of three parts:

  1. Base Charge:

Charge per account based on meter size at the customer premise.


Meter Size

Effective October 1, 2017 

Effective July 1, 2019

Effective July 1, 2020

Commercial Base Charge





































  1. Wastewater Treatment Charge: $8.13 per 1,000 gallons

This charge is based on your water use as reported by Virginia American Water Company. If you have questions about your meter readings, or if you would like to inquire about a leak adjustment, please contact Virginia American Water at 1-800-452-6863.


Meter Size

October 1, 2017
Per 1,000 Gallons

Starting July 1, 2019
Per 1,000 Gallons

Starting July 1, 2020
Per 1,000 Gallons

Commercial Wastewater Treatment Charge

All Meters




  1. City Sanitary Sewer System Capital Investment and Maintenance Fee: $2.28 per 1,000 gallons

This fee funds the operation and maintenance of the City’s sanitary sewer system. For sewer line maintenance, please contact the City of Alexandria at 1-703-746-4488.

Commercial customer charges

These one-time charges for our commercial and industrial customers cover the costs required to enroll customers; read, inspect, and certify meters; and manage the permitting process.

  • Deduct Meter Enrollment Charge: $500.00
  • Deduct Meter Monthly Read Charge: $50.00
  • Deduct Meter Recertification Charge: $100.00
  • Deduct Meter Inspection Charge: $100.00
  • Pretreatment Permit Application: $100.00
  • Pretreatment Permit Revision: $100.00
  • Pretreatment Permit Significant Industrial User: $1,500.00 per year
  • Pretreatment Permit Non-significant Industrial User: $500.00 per year
  • Letter of Approval: $100.00 (for one time discharges or for discharges of limited duration)

Late fees and bad check penalties 

A 10 percent late fee is levied on outstanding balances not paid by the due date. Bad checks and electronic payments not honored by the customer’s bank are subject to a $35.00 fee. 

Who sets our rates? 

Rates are set by the AlexRenew Board of Directors. This five-member citizen board calculates rate increases with an eye to sustainability of operations and rate stability for our customers based on a four point philosophy:

1. Fiscal responsibility to cover our costs of service;
2. Transparency and appropriate public notice and input;
3. Compassion through payment flexibility options;
4. Diligent planning and projections to avoid drastic increases year after year.

How does your investment benefit our community?

The investments we make in our technology and infrastructure allow us to clean up to 54 million gallons of water every day. Currently, we transform more than 13 billion gallons of dirty water into clean water each year.

The region’s wastewater utilities, including AlexRenew, have played an instrumental role in bringing local water quality to its highest level in several generations. 

  • Less than 50 years ago, the Potomac River was labeled a national disgrace for having one gallon of raw sewage for every six gallons of water. 
  • The Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay and other local waterways are the healthiest they’ve been in years.
  • The regional water community has achieved critical nutrient reduction goals 10 years ahead of schedule. 

Is AlexRenew a for-profit business? Is it a division of the City of Alexandria government?

We’re actually neither. AlexRenew is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  We do not make profits, have shareholders or pay dividends. Instead, we provide clean and safe water, every hour of every day, at a stable rate, year after year.

Why do you have two water bills – and why is your AlexRenew bill sometimes higher?

Virginia American Water provides clean water, and AlexRenew, cleans your dirty water once it goes down your pipes.

Transforming your dirty water into safe and clean water is a more complex – and as a result, costlier – process than bringing drinking water into your business. By thoroughly transforming your dirty water, we can ensure your local waterways — the source of much drinking water — are as healthy and safe as possible.