Sewer Rate Calculations
Limit Water Use in the Winter to Lower Sewer Cost Later!
To help both our local environment, and your utility bill's bottom line, examine how (and how much) water you use throughout your home.
Each year, the City calculates your residential sewer charge based on your water bill you receive during the four winter months of December through March. Because we bill you after you use the water, that means you need to watch your water usage from November through February. Your "upper limit" sewer charge, which is the most you will be charged in any month during the following 12 months, is established by using the second highest water consumption billed during those four months.
Why the four winter months?
Typically, most customers use large amounts of water during the hot summer months - watering lawns and gardens, taking frequent showers, washing cars, and so on. Customers usually reduce their water usage in the winter. So rather than billing based on heavy summer use, the City uses the winter months when your water use should be a good deal less.
Why the second highest month?
Even if you have a month of high water usage during the four winter months, the City uses the second highest consumption month to further ensure you get the lowest charge possible.
So check your home now for water leaks, especially in sinks, inside and outside faucets, and toilets. Run full loads in the dishwasher and use appropriate load settings for your washing machine. It's also a good idea to review how your family uses water because the more water you use this winter, the higher your sewer bill will be. For more information on sewer bills and water conservation contact Your Own Utilities at 891.4YOU (4968).