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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2005
Release No. ENV-34
CITY STREAMLINES WASTEWATER DISCHARGE SUBMETER PROGRAM
In order to improve service to the public, the Department of Environmental Services will put the following changes into effect on December 1, 2005 for customers who install or use submeters to determine their sewer service charges:
The City serves 308 customers that have installed wastewater submeters. A little more than half of them – 161 – are residential customers. The non-residential submeter program has been in existence since 1977. The residential program was added in 1997.
Most residential customers are assessed a sewer service charge consisting of a monthly base charge and a usage charge. In addition, customers receive a 2,000-gallon lifeline credit per residential unit and an 18 percent credit for water that is not discharged into the sewer system. If installed, a submeter would be used in lieu of the 18 percent credit for water usage. Thus, if it appears that more than 18 percent of water usage does not go into the sewers, for purposes such as irrigation, a customer may find it economically advantageous to install a submeter.
Non-residential customers are assessed sewer service charges based on a metered water rate. Installation of a submeter, in this case, may prove beneficial if the non-residential customer determines that a significant portion of their water usage goes to non-sewerables such as irrigation, cooling towers, etc. Non-residential submeter customers are billed at the metered wastewater rate.
For additional information on programs to help lower your sewer service charges and instructions on how to apply for the submeter program, please go to the Department of Environmental Services web page, or contact our Customer Service Section at 523-4408.
Timothy Houghton, executive assistant, 692-5157
|Monday, November 14, 2005|