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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 2020 and 2021.
  • Table 2 lists Service Charges for 2020 and 2021 for Water.
  • Table 3 lists Service Charges for 2020 and 2021 for Sewer.
  • Table 4 lists 2020 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
2020 2021 2020 2021
All Inside City Customers $3.67 $9.43
Inside City Homestead ** $2.57 $9.43
All Outside City Customers $5.54 $13.20
Outside City Homestead** $3.88 $13.20

* 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 1. Water and Sewer Usage Charges

utility bill table 1

* 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* 2020 2021
5/8″ Meter $8.60
5/8″ Meter – Homestead $6.02
3/4″ Meter $8.60
3/4″ Meter – Homestead $6.02
1″ Meter $10.56
1.5″ Meter $23.60
2″ Meter $47.04
3″ Meter $51.60
4″ Meter $65.20
6″ Meter $104.80
8″ Meter $107.20

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

Table 3. Monthly Sewer Service Charge

Customer Type 2020 2021
All Customers $4.00

 

Table 4. 2020 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 $8.60 $0.00 $8.60 $6.02 $0.00 $6.02 $4.00 $0.00 $4.00
1 $8.60 $3.67 $12.27 $6.02 $2.57 $8.59 $4.00 $9.43 $13.43
2 $8.60 $7.34 $15.94 $6.02 $5.14 $11.16 $4.00 $18.86 $22.86
3 $8.60 $11.01 $19.61 $6.02 $7.71 $13.73 $4.00 $28.29 $32.29
4 $8.60 $14.68 $23.28 $6.02 $14.68 $23.28 $4.00 $37.72 $41.72
5 $8.60 $18.35 $26.95 $6.02 $18.35 $26.95 $4.00 $47.15 $51.15
6 $8.60 $22.02 $30.62 $6.02 $22.00 $30.62 $4.00 $56.58 $60.58
7 $8.60 $25.69 $34.29 $6.02 $25.69 $34.29 $4.00 $66.01 $70.01
8 $8.60 $29.36 $37.96 $6.02 $29.36 $37.96 $4.00 $75.44 $79.44
9 $8.60 $33.03 $41.63 $6.02 $33.03 $41.63 $4.00 $84.87 $88.87
10 $8.60 $36.70 $45.30 $6.02 $36.70 $45.30 $4.00 $94.30 $98.30

* 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 2020
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
2020 2021 2020 2021
All Outside City Customers $5.54 $13.20
Outside City Homestead** $3.88 $13.20

Table 2a. Monthly OUTSIDE CITY Water Service Charge

Meter Size* 2020 2021
5/8″ Meter $12.990
5/8″ Meter – Homestead $9.09
3/4″ Meter $12.99
3/4″ Meter – Homestead $9.09
1″ Meter $15.95
1.5″ Meter $35.64
2″ Meter $71.03
3″ Meter $77.92
4″ Meter $98.45
6″ Meter $158.25
8″ Meter $161.87

* 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 2020 2021
All Customers $5.60

Table 4a. 2020 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 $12.99 $0.00 $12.99 $9.09 $0.00 $9.09 $5.60 $0.00 $5.60
1 $12.99 $5.54 $18.53 $9.09 $3.88 $12.97 $5.60 $13.20 $18.80
2 $12.99 $11.08 $24.07 $9.09 $7.76 $16.85 $5.60 $26.40 $32.00
3 $12.99 $16.62 $29.61 $9.09 $11.64 $20.73 $5.60 $39.60 $45.20
4 $12.99 $22.16 $35.15 $12.99 $22.16 $35.15 $5.60 $52.80 $58.40
5 $12.99 $27.70 $40.69 $12.99 $27.70 $40.69 $5.60 $66.00 $71.60
6 $12.99 $33.24 $46.23 $12.99 $33.24 $46.23 $5.60 $79.20 $84.80
7 $12.99 $38.78 $51.77 $12.99 $38.78 $51.77 $5.60 $92.40 $98.00
8 $12.99 $44.32 $57.31 $12.99 $44.32 $57.31 $5.60 $105.60 $111.20
9 $12.99 $49.86 $62.85 $12.99 $49.86 $62.85 $5.60 $118.80 $124.40
10 $12.99 $55.40 $68.39 $12.99 $55.40 $68.39 $5.60 $132.00 $137.60
* 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 2020 and 2021?

Sewer rates are increasing in 2020 and 2021 to provide revenue needed to pay for completed and ongoing work on sewers and at Elyria’s Waste Water Pollution Control Plant (WWPCP). Improvements to the sewer system will reduce the amount of overflow of sewage to the Black River during wet weather events. Improvements at Elyria’s WWPCP will increase the capacity to treat wastewater during wet weather events. These projects are required by the EPA, and will improve water quality in the Black River and Lake Erie. Overall, the rate increases will provide 15% more revenue to the Sewer Enterprise Fund each year in 2020 and 2021. Customers may see their sewer bill increase more or less than this depending on the volume of water used.

The City has been negotiating with the EPA since 2015 to develop a long-term, comprehensive Wet Weather Integrated Plan to address overflows from the sewer system and WWPCP. While negotiating, the City has constructed sewer and WWPCP improvements that benefit the City and are needed to provide improved services to residents. 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. 

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