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Explanation of Water Charges

Water charges as of Jan. 1, 2014 include:

  • A water service base fee based on water meter size
  • A water usage charge based on water consumption

The water service base fee is intended to cover costs unrelated to the volume of water needed to meet customer demand,
such as general administration, billing, accounting, customer service, etc.
Water Service Base Fees*

Meter Size     Fee per billing period 
 Smaller than 1"  $9/quarter
 1"  $22.50/quarter
 1 1/2" (Residential)  $45/quarter
 1 1/2" (Commercial)  $15/month
 2" $24/month
 3" $48/month
 4"  $75/month
 6"  $150/month
 8"  $240/month
 10"  $345/month
* For the cities of Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood and West Saint Paul.
All other customers pay 20 percent more.


 

Water Usage Charge*
Per billing unit (100 cubic feet or 748 gallons)

 2014
 Winter Rates

 $2.34

 Summer Rates

 $2.44

 

  * For the cities of Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood and West Saint Paul.
All other customers pay 20 percent more.

Right of Way (ROW) Recovery Fees for City of Saint Paul Customers

Right of Way recovery fees were introduced by the city of Saint Paul in 2012.
The utility collects these fees to reimburse the city for costs it incurs as a result of buried water infrastructure within the city Right of Way. 

These fees remain unchanged in 2014.


Impact on a Typical Residential Water Customer
Typical water consumption for a SPRWS residential customer is 22 units (16,456 gallons ) per quarter. 





Water Charges in 2014: Typical residential customer using 22 units per quarter
  QTR 1  QTR 2  QTR 3   QTR 4 Annual Cost 
 Winter Rate ($2.34/Unit x 22)

 $51.48

 $51.48

     
 Summer Rate ($2.44/Unit x 22)    

 $53.68

 $53.68

 

 Water Service Base Fee

 $9

 $9

 $9

 $9

 
 Total 

 $60.48

 $60.48

  $62.68

$62.68

$246.32

 SAINT PAUL ONLY          
 ROW Recovery Fee

 $4.50   

 $4.50

 $4.50

 $4.50

 Total

 $64.98

 $64.98

 $67.18

 $67.18

 $264.32

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