New Rates Effective May 1, 2012
Just as roads require repaving, cars need regular service and homes must be maintained, it is essential that sewers are replaced and repaired. Broken and overloaded sewer systems pose a threat to public health and pollute local rivers and streams. Inadequate or nonfunctional sewer systems can damage property and cause destruction through flooding and erosion.
Restaurants, grocery stores, manufacturing plants and all types of businesses rely on functioning sewer and storm water systems in order to operate. When SD1 invests in the sanitary and storm water system, it fosters business growth and job creation.
To continue to provide these vital services, SD1’s rates need to be adjusted.
The sanitary sewer rate adjustment was approved in 2011 and reflects an increase of about 17 cents a day for SD1’s average customer. The rate per hundred cubic feet (748 gallons) of water usage will be $6.69.
The storm water rate will be adjusted by 14 cents, or less than a penny a day, to $4.68 per household. For nonresidential customers, it will be $4.68 per 2,600 square feet of developed property.
Residential Rate Comparison
Sanitary Sewer Rates
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When you use clean water, you create dirty water. SD1 works to safely collect and treat wastewater.
Your sanitary sewer fee provides you with:
- Removal and safe conveyance of the wastewater from your toilet, sink, washing machine, dishwasher and other drains 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Treatment of sewage and wastewater in technologically-advanced and extremely efficient treatment facilities
- Ongoing construction and upgrades of systems necessary to provide you with a reliable, cost-effective sewer system
SD1 multiplies the sanitary rate by your winter water usage to calculate your monthly bill. Conserving water is an effective way to minimize your bill.
Storm Water Rates
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When rain water hits the ground it can create issues such as flooding, erosion and water pollution. SD1 strives to implement the most cost-effective solutions to the problems caused by storm water.
Your storm water fee provides you with:
- Improvements to public infrastructure to better control flooding and prevent erosion problems
- Water quality monitoring in local rivers and streams to protect public health
- Identification and elimination of damaged or dysfunctional pipes that allow waste to enter local rivers and streams
Your SD1 Bill Explained
There are two services on your bill: sanitary sewer and storm water.
The sanitary sewer charge is collected to support the removal and treatment of all water and sewage that goes down the drains in your home. The storm water charge is collected for rain water runoff that causes flooding and water pollution in the region if not properly managed. To learn more about your SD1 bill and how it is calculated, click here
Conserving water is simple and can have a positive impact on your budget and our planet. Every drop of water that comes into your home must be treated before it trickles out of your tap and then treated once again after going down the drain. By making a commitment to use less water,you can cut down on waste in this process while saving money on your sanitary sewer and water bills. In addition, your energy-saving efforts will help preserve the natural environment and prevent pollution. Click here to learn more about water conservation.