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Posted on: January 28, 2020

How water and sewer rates are calculated

The types of water and wastewater (sewer) services provided to a property determines how the monthly charges are calculated by the City of Chowchilla to prepare the monthly utilities bills.

METERED RESIDENTIAL WATER SERVICE CHARGES are based on the amount of water used each month. There are two different levels, or tiers, of charges. The TIER ONE charge is calculated at the rate for the amount of water used up to 1,800 cubic feet (13,464 gallons). A TIER TWO charge is calculated at the rate for the amount of water used in excess of 1,800 cubic feet. The fixed monthly service connection fee is the cost to provide water service up to the property and is based on the size of the installed meter.

NON-METERED RESIDENTIAL WATER SERVICE CHARGES are based on a flat rate. Large size properties, duplexes, triplexes, multi-family units, apartments, etc., are charged additional rates per lot size and the number of units/dwellings.

METERED COMMERCIAL WATER SERVICE CHARGES are calculated by the amount of water used each month. A single rate is charged for each 100 cubic feet of water consumed. The fixed monthly service connection fee is the cost to provide water service up to the property and is based on the size of the installed meter.

NON-METERED COMMERCIAL WATER SERVICE CHARGES are based on a flat rate that is multiplied by a variable determined by the type of business that is operated. For example, a retail store or office building variable is determined by the square foot measurement of the building, whereas a restaurant is determined by the number of seats in the establishment.

RESIDENTIAL WASTEWATER SERVICE CHARGES are based on a flat rate.

METERED COMMERCIAL WASTEWATER SERVICE CHARGES are determined by multiplying the monthly cubic feet of metered water usage by a factor that is determined by the type of commercial operation conducted on the property.

NON-METERED COMMERCIAL WASTEWATER SERVICE CHARGES are based on a fixed rate that represents the cost of treating the wastewater discharge multiplied by a variable determined by the type of business that is operated on the property.

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