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USAGE CHARGES: Water Consumption & Sewer Volume

This part of the bill is a variable cost based on the actual amount of water used as measured by the customer’s water meter. The cost is the same for all customers for each 1 hundred cubic feet/month of water used. For Water, this is listed on the bill as “Water Consumption,” and for Sewer, this is listed on the bill as “Sewer Volume”. Water usage, measured in HCF, is reported on the customer’s bill each month. One HCF is 1 hundred cubic feet of water, which is about 750 gallons.

SERVICE CHARGES: Water Service and Sewer Service

This part of the bill is a fixed monthly fee that is billed to all customers regardless of the amount of water used. The Water Service Charge is based on the size of the customer’s water meter – larger meters and service lines have a higher monthly cost. The Sewer Service Charge is the same for all customers.

WATER & SEWER RATES

  • Table 1 below summarizes usage charges for both water and sewer for 2021 and 2022.
  • Table 2 lists Service Charges for 2021 and 2022 for Water.
  • Table 3 lists Service Charges for 2021 and 2022 for Sewer.
  • Table 4 lists 2022 sewer and water bill costs for typical residential customers using 0 to 10 HCF of water per month.

See chart below for Outside City Rates.

 

HOMESTEAD DISCOUNT

  • The Homestead discount is available for Water for qualifying customers.
  • The Homestead discount applies to the Water Service Charge and to the Water Consumption charge for the first 3 HCF used per month.
  • Homestead customers will pay the same cost as all other customers for Water Consumption over 3 HCF per month.
  • The Homestead discount does not apply to the Sewer Volume or Sewer Service charges.

SANITATION (REFUSE) RATE

  • The residential refuse collection rates for 2020 are summarized in Table 5.

Table 1. Water and Sewer Usage Charges

Customer Type Water Consumption Sewer Volume
2021 2022 2021 2022
All Inside City Customers $3.59 $3.59 $9.82 $10.25
Inside City Homestead ** $2.51 $2.51 $9.82 $10.25
All Outside City Customers $5.42 $5.42 $13.75 $14.35
Outside City Homestead** $3.79 $3.79 $13.75 $14.35

* 1 HCF = 1 hundred cubic feet of water
** Applies to first 3 HCF of water consumption per month. Homestead rates do not apply to Sewer charges.

Table 2. Monthly Water Service Charge

Meter Size* 2021 2022
5/8″ Meter $9.27 $9.27
5/8″ Meter – Homestead $6.49 $6.49
3/4″ Meter $9.27 $9.27
3/4″ Meter – Homestead $6.49 $6.49
1″ Meter $11.35 $11.35
1.5″ Meter $25.08 $25.08
2″ Meter $49.90 $49.90
3″ Meter $54.40 $54.40
4″ Meter $69.28 $69.28
6″ Meter $110.50 $110.50
8″ Meter $113.05 $113.05

* Most residential customers have 5/8″ or 3/4″ meter

Table 3. Monthly Sewer Service Charge

Customer Type 2021 2022
All Customers $12.40 $13.50

 

Table 4. 2022 Water and Sewer Bill Amounts for Typical Residential* Customers

Water Cons. (HCF**) Water Sewer
Standard Customers Homestead Customers All Customers
Service Charge Usage Charge Total Bill Service Charge Usage Charge Total Bill Sewer Charge Usage Charge Total Bill
0 $9.27 $0.00 $9.27 $6.49 $0.00 $6.49 $13.50 $0.00 $13.50
1 $9.27 $3.59 $12.86 $6.49 $2.51 $9.00 $13.50 $10.25 $23.75
2 $9.27 $7.18 $16.45 $6.49 $5.02 $11.51 $13.50 $20.50 $34.00
3 $9.27 $10.77 $20.04 $6.49 $7.53 $14.02 $13.50 $30.75 $44.25
4 $9.27 $14.36 $23.63 $6.49 $11.12 $17.61 $13.50 $41.00 $54.50
5 $9.27 $17.95 $27.22 $6.49 $14.71 $21.20 $13.50 $51.25 $64.75
6 $9.27 $21.54 $30.81 $6.49 $18.30 $24.79 $13.50 $61.50 $75.00
7 $9.27 $25.13 $34.40 $6.49 $21.89 $28.38 $13.50 $71.75 $85.25
8 $9.27 $28.72 $37.99 $6.49 $25.48 $31.97 $13.50 $82.00 $95.50
9 $9.27 $32.31 $41.58 $6.49 $29.07 $35.56 $13.50 $92.25 $106.25
10 $9.27 $35.90 $45.17 $6.49 $32.66 $39.15 $13.50 $102.50 $116.00

* Typical residential customers have 5/8″ or 3/4″ meters. For larger meters, a higher Service Charge applies.
** 1 HCF = 1 hundred cubic feet of water

Table 4. 2020 Water and Sewer Bill Amounts for Typical Residential* Customers

table four sample rates for water and sewer residential customers

* Typical residential customers have 5/8″ or 3/4″ meters. For larger meters, a higher Service Charge applies.
** 1 HCF = 1 hundred cubic feet of water

Table 5. Monthly Refuse Collection Charge

Customer Type 2022
Residential Customers $28.38
Homestead Customers $19.87

OUTSIDE SEWER RATE INFORMATION

Table 1a. Water and Sewer Usage Charges for OUTSIDE CITY

Customer Type Water Consumption Sewer Volume
2021 2022 2021 2022
All Outside City Customers $5.42 $5.42 $13.75 $14.35
Outside City Homestead** $3.79 $3.79 $13.75 $14.35

Table 2a. Monthly OUTSIDE CITY Water Service Charge

Meter Size* 2021 2022
5/8″ Meter $14.00 $14.00
5/8″ Meter – Homestead $9.80 $9.80
3/4″ Meter $14.00 $14.00
3/4″ Meter – Homestead $9.80 $9.80
1″ Meter $17.14 $17.14
1.5″ Meter $37.87 $37.87
2″ Meter $75.35 $75.35
3″ Meter $82.14 $82.14
4″ Meter $104.61 $104.61
6″ Meter $166.86 $166.86
8″ Meter $170.71 $170.71

* Most residential customers have 5/8″ or 3/4″ meter

sample of water usage as shown on utility bill

Table 3a. Monthly OUTSIDE CITY Sewer Service Charge

Customer Type 2021 2022
All Customers $17.36 $18.90

Table 4a. 2022 Water and Sewer Bill Amounts for Typical OUTSIDE CITY Residential* Customers

Water Cons. (HCF**) Water Sewer
Standard Customers Homestead Customers All Customers
Service Charge Usage Charge Total Bill Service Charge Usage Charge Total Bill Sewer Charge Usage Charge Total Bill
0 $14.00 $0.00 $14.00 $9.80 $0.00 $9.80 $18.90 $0.00 $18.90
1 $14.00 $5.42 $19.42 $9.80 $3.79 $13.59 $18.90 $14.35 $33.25
2 $14.00 $10.84 $24.84 $9.80 $7.58 $17.38 $18.90 $28.70 $47.60
3 $14.00 $16.26 $30.26 $9.80 $11.37 $21.17 $18.90 $43.05 $61.95
4 $14.00 $21.68 $35.68 $9.80 $16.79 $26.59 $18.90 $57.40 $76.30
5 $14.00 $27.10 $41.10 $9.80 $22.21 $32.01 $18.90 $71.75 $90.65
6 $14.00 $32.52 $46.52 $9.80 $27.63 $37.43 $18.90 $86.10 $105.00
7 $14.00 $37.94 $51.94 $9.80 $33.05 $42.85 $18.90 $100.45 $119.35
8 $14.00 $43.36 $57.36 $9.80 $38.47 $48.27 $18.90 $114.80 $133.70
9 $14.00 $48.78 $62.78 $9.80 $43.89 $53.69 $18.90 $129.15 $148.05
10 $14.00 $54.20 $68.20 $9.80 $49.31 $59.11 $18.90 $143.50 $162.40
* Typical residential customers have 5/8″ or 3/4″ meters. For larger meters, a higher Service Charge applies.
** 1 HCF = 1 hundred cubic feet of water

WHY ARE SEWER RATES INCREASING FOR 2022?

Elyria is facing many years of unfunded mandates from the federal government,  pertaining to the Clean Water Act, to keep untreated sewage out of the Black River and Lake Erie. 

The City has been negotiating with the EPA since 2015 to develop a long-term, comprehensive Wet Weather Integrated Plan (WWIP) to address the challenges, including overflows from the sewer system and the City’s Wastewater Pollution Control Plant (WWPCP).   The City is committed to meeting its Clean Water Act obligations while providing an affordable, enjoyable and sustainable place to live and work now and for decades to come.  The Wet Weather Integrated Plan provides the blueprint for doing so.

Sewer rates are increasing in 2022 to provide revenue needed to pay for completed and ongoing Wet Weather Integrated Plan work on sewers and at Elyria’s Waste Water Pollution Control Plant (WWPCP). Council voted to increase overall sewer rates to provide a 5.25% increase in Sewer Enterprise Fund revenue in 2022. The actual rate increase for individual customers will vary due to the rate structure changes that were implemented in 2020.

 

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