How are Water and Wastewater Rates are determined?

 The City’s water rate structure consists of two components: a fixed monthly charge based on the size of the water meter at each connection, and a series of volumetric rates assessed based on total water use as measured in units of one hundred cubic feet (CCF), equivalent to 748 gallons.  The rate per one hundred cubic feet increases as monthly usage increases.  The rate for the first tier is applied to each CCF of water use for usage between 1 and 14 CCF (10,470 gallons), the second tier rate is for usage between 15 and 43 CCF (32,160 gallons), the third tier rate is applied for usage between 44 and 100 CCF (748,000 gallons), and the fourth tier rate is charged for each CCF of water use in excess of 100 CCF.
   

WaterTiers

   
The City of Billings regularly reviews the water and wastewater rates to determine whether the current rates are generating adequate revenue to cover the cost of providing safe drinking water and wastewater services to the entire community.
    

Billings Public Works proposes an increase to the fixed monthly minimum charges and the volume charges for water and wastewater. The rate adjustments are needed to cover the increasing cost of service and to provide for necessary future improvements.     
 

         The proposed monthly minimum and volume rates for water use are shown in the following tables.
 
 

Inside City

Outside City

Current

Effective

Effective

Current

Effective

Effective

Meter Size

    Fee   

7/1/2017

7/1/2018

    Fee   

7/1/2017

7/1/2018

3/4"

 $       8.00

 $         8.15

 $             8.15

 $             8.60

 $             8.75

 $             8.75

1"

 $       9.01

 $         9.15

 $             9.15

 $             9.80

 $           10.00

 $           10.00

1-1/2"

 $     10.45

 $       10.80

 $           10.80

 $           11.39

 $           11.75

 $           11.75

2"

 $     14.41

 $       15.30

 $           15.30

 $           15.78

 $           16.65

 $           16.65

3"

 $     43.58

 $       46.10

 $           48.50

 $           48.09

 $           50.10

 $           52.70

4"

 $     54.35

 $       57.80

 $           60.80

 $           60.01

 $           62.80

 $           66.05

6"

 $     79.55

 $       85.05

 $           89.45

 $           88.02

 $           92.45

 $           97.20

8"
 
 

 $  108.37

 $     116.20

 $         122.20

 $         119.98

 $         126.35

 $         132.85

10"
 
 

 $  167.10

 $     179.80

 $         189.05

 $         185.17

 $         195.40

 $         205.45

 



Customer
  
  
  
 Resolution FY18

The City of Billings provides wastewater service to approximately 33,610 users within City limits, 17 users outside of the City, and two wholesale customers. The wastewater portion of the utility bill includes two components:  1) the monthly service charge based on the size of the meter; and 2) a volume charge that is based on the amount of wastewater created.  


  
  

MINIMUM MONTHLY WASTEWATER CHARGES
 

Inside City

Outside City

Current

Effective

Effective

Current

Effective

Effective

Meter Size

   Fee   

7/1/2017

7/1/2018

   Fee   

7/1/2017

7/1/2018

3/4"

 $       6.45

 $       6.60

 $       6.80

 $       7.10

 $       7.25

 $       7.45

1"

 $       8.20

 $       8.40

 $       8.65

 $       9.00

 $       9.20

 $       9.45

1-1/2"

 $     10.10

 $     10.35

 $     10.60

 $     11.10

 $     11.35

 $     11.60

2"

 $     10.55

 $     10.80

 $     11.10

 $     11.60

 $     11.85

 $     12.15

3"

 $     17.00

 $     17.45

 $     17.90

 $     18.65

 $     19.10

 $     19.60

4"

 $     64.50

 $     66.15

 $     67.90

 $     71.00

 $     72.75

 $     74.65

6"

 $     82.10

 $     84.20

 $     86.45

 $     90.35

 $     92.60

 $     95.10

8"

 $  123.15

 $  126.25

 $  129.65

 $  135.50

 $  138.90

 $  142.60

10"

 $  170.05

 $  174.35

 $  179.05

 $  187.10

 $  191.80

 $  196.95




 

WASTEWATER MONTHLY VOLUME CHARGES
$per CCF
 
 
 

 

 

Proposed

Proposed

Current Fee

Effective 7/1/2017

Effective 7/1/2018

Customers Within the City

 

 

 

Customer Class

 

 

 

Residential

 $                        3.20

 $                         3.29

 $                    3.37

Large Residential

 $                        3.20

 $                         3.29

 $                    3.37

Commercial-Domestic Strength

 $                        3.20

 $                         3.29

 $                    3.37

Commercial-High Strength

 $                        4.95

 $                         5.10

 $                    5.25

Customers Outside the City

 $                        3.20

 $                         3.29

 $                    3.37

 

Wastewater Regulations

  • Conservation to maintain affordable water rates 
      
    The City of Billings actively promotes conservation through its water rate structure, to both conserve its water supply and to manage long-term capital needs.  As the City continues to grow, additional infrastructure will be needed to meet increased capacity requirements.  The intent of the conservation rate structure is to enable users to work together to manage total peak water use demands, and thus wastewater flows, to effectively delay future water and wastewater system expansion needs.  This saves everyone money
     
     “Tip of the Month” 
     Don’t set it and forget it! You should water your grass less in May than you would in July. Adjust your irrigation timers each month to account for weather and precipitation changes

    (The EPA WaterSense web page has great tips to use every month and link directly to for more information on conservation - https://www.epa.gov/watersense

     
     Check out other tips and tools available for water conservation and sustainable landscape design: 
     
    Alliance for Water Efficiency - http://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org/
    A non-profit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water, the Alliance serves as an advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts.

 

 

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