System Development Charge Update Effective 10/1/18

Kennebunk, Kennebunk & Wells Water District


System Development Charge Update


The District’s System Development Charge (SDC) was created in 1987 and has been in effect since then. It is essentially an impact fee, which is a common capital recovery tool used in areas that are experiencing moderate to rapid growth. More specifically, our SDC was created to help insulate the District’s current customers from the capital costs related to the expansion of the District’s infrastructure needed to serve new customers.  It is an impact fee that new customers (or certain existing customers that expand their use of water) pay prior to acquiring the requested service.


On September 24, 2018, the MPUC approved adding the term that all existing customers that alter, expand or redevelop their premises in such a manner that will result in an increase in water consumption at the customer’s premises by an amount of 166 gallons per day or more over the customer’s historic consumption, with or without an increase in size or number of water meter(s) will be subject to an SDC, beginning on October 1, 2018.


The complete current Tariff explains these terms in more detail.


If you have any questions relating to this change in the SDC, feel free to call us at 207-985-3385 during business hours (M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm) or email us at your convenience.