As of 1993, the funding source for the Wastewater division is a sewer user fee. The Sewer User Fee rate is $3.37 per HCF plus a fixed $4 per month Wastewater Account Fee. The Wastewater Account Fee will provide a stable source of revenue not susceptible to changes in water consumption. This will make it easier for the Wastewater Division to plan a budget because it allows them to know how much money they are going to have to spend. The Wastewater Division utilizes it annual funding in the following five primary areas:
Personnel salaries and benefits
Operational equipment / parts, supplies and services
Vehicle repairs and replacements
Fuel: electricity, gas, diesel, natural gas and propane
Capital Improvement Programs (CIP): Upgrading the sanitary sewer system city-wide
State Order of Consent
In 2014 a State Order of Consent (SOC) was enacted upon the City of Newport News from the Virginia State Department of Environmental Quality. This SOC supersedes the previous SOC. The current SOC is region-wide throughout all of Hampton Roads and requires the city to have a MOM (Management, Operation, and Maintenance) Program to maintain all city sanitary sewer facilities.