Prince George’s water outage like a ‘natural disaster’ Flashback: Controversial Rain Tax

WASHINGTON – Life over the next three to five days will be one where southern Prince George’s County residents will have to adjust to no water.

More than 150,000 Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission customers are affected, but the impact is much greater since a customer may be an individual home or business.


Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley has instituted a tax on citizens for the amount of rain that falls on their property.

The tax, officially known as a “storm water management fee,” will be enforced in nine of the state’s counties. The state legislature passed it in 2012 purportedly to “raise revenue to cleanup [sic] the Chesapeake Bay,” according to



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