Explanation of Water Charges

Water charges as of Jan. 1, 2016 include:

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

Water Service Base Fees*

The water service base fee is intended to cover fixed operational costs, such as general administration, billing, accounting, customer service, etc. The fixed fees are based on water meter size.

Meter Size Fee per billing period
Smaller than 1" $15/quarter
1" $37.50/quarter
1 1/2" (Residential) $75/quarter
1 1/2" (Commercial) $25/month
2" $40/month
3" $80/month
4" $125/month
6" $250/month
8" $400/month
10" $575/month

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

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

  2016
Winter Rates

$2.52

Summer Rates

$2.62

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

Water Main Replacement Surcharge

The proposed water main replacement surcharge is $0.20 per billing unit of water used for the cities of Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, and West Saint Paul.

For a typical residential bill for a single family using 22 units of water per quarter, this would amount to $4.40 per quarter for these communities where the infrastructure is owned by SPRWS.

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 2016.

Impact on a Typical Residential Water Customer

Typical water consumption for a SPRWS residential single family is 22 units (16,456 gallons ) per quarter.

Water Charges in 2016: Typical residential customer using 22 units per quarter

  QTR 1 QTR 2 QTR 3 QTR 4 Annual Cost
Winter Rate ($2.52/Unit x 22)

$55.44

$55.44

     
Summer Rate ($2.62/Unit x 22)    

$57.64

$57.64

 
Water Service Base Fee

$15

$115

$15

$15

 
Water Main Replacement Surcharge* *For Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, and West Saint Paul. $4.40 $4.40 $4.40 $4.40  
Total

$74.84

$74.84

$74.04

$77.04

$303.76

SAINT PAUL ONLY          
ROW Recovery Fee

$4.50

$4.50

$4.50

$4.50

 
Total

$79.34

$79.34

$81.54

$81.54

$321.76