SD1 receives lots of calls from customers concerned that filling their swimming pool or watering their lawn will negatively impact their sanitation bill. Well here’s some good news - outdoor activities do not affect residential wastewater bills.
Your SD1 bill is based on a Winter Usage Factor, which ensures that customers aren’t billed for outside water which typically doesn’t enter SD1’s sewer system.
We work with your local water district to measure your water usage during a 90-day period between November and April. Water usage is typically low during these months because customers are generally not watering their lawns, washing their cars, etc. Therefore, the majority of water used during this period is actually entering the wastewater sewer system. Any water used before or after this period, including summer activities such as filling the pool or watering the lawn, is not factored into your wastewater bill.
Your bill is based on water usage during this period, and is then set in July for the next 12 months. The first 2 hundred cubic feet (HCF) of winter water usage is included in the SD1 base rate, and additional usage is charged a variable rate per HCF.
Winter Usage Factor billing eliminates the need for SD1 to provide residential customers with pool credits.
So stay cool and have fun this summer!
Reminder: Although SD1 will not charge you based on your summer water consumption, you may see a difference on your water bill. Contact your local water district for more information.
Pools filled between November and April:
If you fill a pool during the period we measure your water usage, please contact our Customer Care department at 859-578-7450 to notify us so we can check your account and monitor it for any necessary adjustments.
Contact our Industrial Pretreatment department for more information about filling a swimming pool or discharging pool water.