Explanation of Water Charges

Water charges as of Jan. 1, 2019 include:

  • a water service base fee, based on water meter size.
  • a water-usage charge, based on water volume rates and consumption.
  • a water main replacement surcharge, based on consumption. For the cities of Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, and West Saint Paul.
  • a Right of Way Recovery fee. For the residents of Saint Paul only.

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 Charge to accounts in Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, and West St. Paul Charge to accounts in all other cities
Smaller than 1" $18/quarter $21.60/quarter
1" (Single Family Dwelling*) $18/quarter $21.60/quarter
1" (Other) $45/quarter $54.00/quarter
1 1/2" (Residential) $90/quarter $108.00/quarter
1 1/2" (Commercial) $30/month $36.00/month
2" $48/month $57.60/month
3" $96/month $115.20/month
4" $150/month $180.00/month
6" $300/month $360.00/month
8" $480/month $576.00/month
10" $690/month $828.00/month

* 1-inch single family dwelling is an account supplied by a dedicated 1-inch or smaller street service connection and for which the property structure is described in county property tax records as either single family dwelling or townhome.

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

 

Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, West Saint Paul

Mendota Heights All other cities
Winter Rates

$2.86

$3.37 $3.43
Summer Rates

$2.96

$3.49 $3.55

Water Main Replacement Surcharge

The  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 17 units of water per quarter, this would amount to $3.40 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 2019.

Impact on a Typical Residential Water Customer

Typical water consumption for a SPRWS residential single family is 17 units (12,716 gallons ) per quarter.

Water Charges in 2019: Typical residential customer using 17 units per quarter

(Individual results will vary based on water usage, water meter size, and community served.)

  QTR 1 QTR 2 QTR 3 QTR 4 Annual Cost
Winter Rate ($2.86/Unit x 17)

$48.62

$48.62

     
Summer Rate ($2.896/Unit x 17)    

$50.32

$50.32

 
Water Service Base Fee

$18

$18

$18

$18

 
Water Main Replacement Surcharge* *For Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, and West Saint Paul. $3.40 $3.40 $3.40 $3.40  
Total

$70.02

$70.02

$71.72

$71.72

$283.48

SAINT PAUL ONLY          
ROW Recovery Fee

$4.50

$4.50

$4.50

$4.50

 
Total

$74.52

$74.52

$76.22

$76.22

$301.48