How is My Bill Calculated?

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A new rate structure for utility billing was approved by the City Council in May of 2017. This new structure ensures that a higher percentage of fixed costs are covered through the base rate charge so that our water and sewer system will be supported for years to come. Clean, safe water is essential to the safety of our residents and visitors. Below are a variety of examples to help you understand how your bill is calculated. 

  • Tier 1 Sample User (0-15,999 gallons)
  • Tier 2 Sample User (16,000 - 30,999)
  • High Use Sample (31,000+)
  • Commercial/Business Sample 

Tier 1 Sample User

 Sample Usage
   credits 6,000 gallons
 Fixed Water Charge
fixed rate
   $15.09
 Water Usage Charge (Tiers)
     
 Tier 1 (0 - 15,999 gal)
$0.91 x
6
 5.46
 WATER TOTALS
     $20.55
 Fixed Sewer Charge
 fixed rate
   14.66
 Sewer Usage Charge
 $3.32 x
6
 19.92
 SEWER TOTALS
     $34.58
 STORMWATER TOTALS
 fixed rate
   14.44
 Subtotal      $69.57
 MN Testing Fee
 
   1.59
 Grand Total
     $71.16

 

 

Tier 2 Sample User

 Sample Usage
   credits 23,000 gallons
 Fixed Water Charge
fixed rate
   $15.09
 Water Usage Charge (Tiers)
     
 Tier 1 (0 - 15,999 gal)
 $0.91 x
 15 13.65
 Tier 2 (16,000 - 30,999 gal)
 $1.18 x
 8 9.44
 WATER TOTALS
    $38.18
 Fixed Sewer Charge
 fixed rate
  14.66
 Sewer Usage
$3.32 x
 23  76.36
 SEWER TOTALS
    $91.02
 STORMWATER TOTALS
 fixed rate
   14.44
 Subtotal      $143.64
 MN Testing Fee
    1.59
 Grand Total
     $145.23

 

High Use Sample

In this example, the sewer usage is based off of the amount of water this resident uses in the winter months (24,000 gallons) since the water used during this time of year is only what is essential to daily life. Therefore, their Sewer Usage charge is based off of 24 credits.

 Sample Usage

credits
48,000 gallons
Fixed Water Charge
fixed rate
  $15.09
Water Usage Charge (Tiers)
     
Tier 1 (0 - 15,999 gal)
$0.91 x
15
13.65
Tier 2 (16,000 - 30,999)
$1.18 x
15
17.70
Tier 3 (31,000 - 60,999)
 $1.89 x
18
34.02
WATER TOTALS
     $80.46
Fixed Sewer Charge
 fixed rate
   14.66
Sewer Usage
 $3.32 x
24*
 79.68
SEWER TOTALS
     $94.34
STORMWATER TOTALS
 fixed rate
   14.44
 Subtotal      $189.24
MN Testing Fee
     1.59
 Grand Total
     $190.83

 

Commercial/Business Sample

A commercial or business may include industrial sites, businesses, golf courses, housing complexes, agriculture, etc. 

 Sample Usage
2" Meter
 credits 241,000 gallons
 Fixed Water Charge
 fixed rate
   $120.68
 Water Usage Charge (Tiers)
     
 Tier 1 (0 - 15,999 gal)
 $0.91 x
15
 13.65
 Tier 2 (16,000 - 75,999)
 $1.18 x
60
 70.80
 Tier 3 (76,000 - 200,999)
 $1.89 x
125
 236.25
 Tier 4 (201,000+)
 $3.59 x
41
 147.19
 WATER TOTALS
     $588.57
 Fixed Sewer Charge
 fixed rate
   14.66
 Sewer Usage Charge
 $3.32 x
 241  800.12
 SEWER TOTALS
     $814.78
 STORMWATER TOTALS
     $29.80
 Subtotal      $1433.15
 MN Testing Fee
     1.59
 Sales Tax
     41.94
 Grand Total
    $1476.68