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Q. - I would like to know why I pay
the same amount in sewer fees as a family of 10 -- I am one person in
a 1 bedroom house with no washer or dish washer. I recently moved here.
I only use $14 a month in water but my bill runs $65. Somehow this does
not seem fair – it seems excessive for a 1 person household.
Answer - Thanks for your inquiry.
The City does not measure your sewer discharge. Your sewer billing
volume is estimated based on fresh water usage in December, January,
and February. Winter months are used on the assumption that there is
very little usage of water for outside watering during those months.
For example, a resident who averaged 5000 gallons per month of fresh
water usage during those months will be charged for 5000 gallons per
month for waste water discharge until the next December – January
– February billings are completed.
So, if you are being charged for a large volume of sewer discharge
it would likely be because the water usage was high during last year
for December, January, and February.
Hal Richards, Mayor