News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

California, MD – As COVID-19 progresses, its impact on each of you is different, and we want to assure our customers that the Metropolitan Commission will continue to provide water and sewer services to all of our customers without intentional interruption. 

Clean water is a vital necessity at all times, but especially now as it is so critical for everyone to be able to wash their hands to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease in our community. What this means is that unless there is a water main break or another related emergency, the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission will not be disconnecting water/sewer service to any customer who is delinquent in payment. If you find yourself experiencing financial hardship, visit us at for programs to assist you, payment plans and community resources that may be able to make a pledge on your behalf. With individuals and families spending a significant amount of time at home, you may experience higher water usage than normal.  Please be aware that this can impact your monthly bill and consider implementing some water conservation practices during this time.


At present, our offices remain closed for walk-in customers, but if for any reason you have a water or sewer problem or emergency, please do not hesitate to call us at 301.737.7400. We will continue to send out crews to quickly and safely restore service as we always have.

If you have questions or concerns with your bill or need to request a payment plan, please email or call us at 301.737.7400, extension 201 between the hours of 9 am – 3 pm.


We take our responsibility of being a steward of critical infrastructure very seriously and recognize that while trying to keep your family safe, find childcare, and navigate the quickly moving parts of this situation, the last thing customers need to worry about is the reliability of their public water supply and the disposal of wastewater. We will maintain all our core critical functions at our treatment and water distribution facilities, labs and in our field maintenance operations, with a social gathering and distancing protocols. Crews will continue to remain available and are always on stand-by to address emergencies 24/7.

We appreciate the understanding and support of our customers and thank you for your patience.  Anyone having questions about COVID-19 may visit for local updates and information or call the St. Mary’s County COVID-19 Community Hotline, Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at (301) 475-4911.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...