Following are our current rates for drinking water (regular and seasonal), wastewater and stormwater, as well as fire protection charges.

Please note that we have new rates for wastewater and stormwater—see sidebar at right for details. You will first see these rates in your August bill.

Drinking Water Rates

Effective October 3, 2011

Accounts Billed Monthly: For all usage in excess of 100 cubic feet per month - $2.40 per 100 cubic feet (100 cubic feet = 748.1 gallons)  

Minimum Charges:

  Minimum Charge Water Allowance
(Cubic Ft.)
Size of Meter Monthly Monthly
5/8" $11.33 100
3/4" $13.18 100
1" $15.04 100
1 1/2" $21.99 100
2" $28.02 100
3" $35.90 100
4" $51.20 100
6" $85.05 100

Seasonal Rates:
For all usage in excess of 600 cubic feet for the season - $2.40 per
100 cubic feet (100 cubic feet = 748.1 gallons )  

Minimum seasonal charges:

  Minimum Charge Water Allowance
(Cubic Ft.)
Size of Meter Per Season Per Season
5/8" $82.77 600
3/4" $105.02 600
1" $127.27 600
1 1/2" $210.73 600
2" $283.05 600
3" $377.63 600
4" $561.23 600
6" $967.37 600

 

WASTEWATER (SEWER) FEES

Effective July 1, 2019

Wastewater Service Charge (Cost/Quarter) $25.49
Wastewater Service Charge (Cost/Month) $8.50
Wastewater User Charge, per 100 Cubic Ft. $3.08
Wastewater Unmetered Customers (Cost/Quarter)   $80.94

Wastewater Permit Fees:

  • Residential, $75
  • Commercial, $100
  • Industrial, $100

Wastewater Availability Fee (charged to new customers):

$10.00 per gallon per day or:

Residential Housing $1,000 flat fee
Office Building 15 gal/day/employee X $10/gallon
Apartments $750/unit
Retail Space 3/4 gal/100 sq. ft X $10/gallon

Inspection Fees: If Owner's Contractor performs all work on street Property, $50/hour for projects, $1.00/lineal foot of pipe, $50 x total number of catch basins or manholes

 

STORMWATER FEES

Effective July 1, 2019

Stormwater, Catch Basins (Cost/Month) $40.59
Stormwater, ERU (Equivalent Rate Unit), Cost per Unit per Month $12.56
1 Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) = 2,700 square feet of impervious surface area 
Residential 1.00 ERU
Multi-Family 0.50 ERU x number of units
Mobile Homes 0.50 ERU
Condos 0.75 ERU
Commercial 1.00 ERU per 2,700 sq. feet impervious area, min 1.0 ERU
Commercial w/ Storage Detention 0.75 ERU per 2,700 sq. feet impervious area

 

Fire Protection Charges

Effective October 3, 2011

(Municipal Fire Protection - Charge per year for fire hydrants installed
as of July 1, 2011.)

Community Number of Hydrants Annual Charges
Augusta 451.5 $738,203
Manchester 23.0 $37,605
Winthrop 12.0 $19,620
Chelsea 1.0 $1,635
Vassalboro 1.5 $2,453
Hallowell 5.0 $8,175
Total 494.0 $807,690
Annual Cost per Hydrant   $1,635


Other fire protection charges:

(Charge per year for fire service connections to water mains.)

Size of Connection Annual Charge
1" $253.44
1 1/2" $380.16
2" $506.76
3" $760.20
4" $1,013.64
6" $1,520.40
8" $2,027.28
10" $2,534.04
12" $3,040.92

 


BEGINNING JULY 1ST OUR NEW WASTEWATER AND STORMWATER RATES REFLECT OUR CHANGING COSTS:

  • Wastewater (sewer) rates have been reduced by 25%.
  • Stormwater ERU (Equivalent Residential Units) rates have risen by $4.26, from $8.30 to $12.56 per month.
  • Catch basin fees have gone down by 20%, from $50.89 to $40.59 per month.
  • You’ll see the new rates starting with your August bill. (Note: Hallowell wastewater-only customers will see the change—a decline—in their October bills.)


HOW WILL THE PROPOSED RATE CHANGES AFFECT YOU?

As part of our ongoing review of District expenses, we’ve determined that wastewater services are costing less and stormwater costs have risen. To maintain accurate, transparent allocation of costs, we have raised ERU stormwater rates, while reducing stormwater catch basin rates and wastewater rates.

The net change in your bill will depend on your mix of services used. For example:

  • A single-family home using 100 cubic feet of water per month will pay a total of $3 more per month for wastewater and stormwater combined.
  • A commercial property with 125 ERUs and 25 catch basins, and a billable flow of 155 cubic feet per month will see a net rise of 3% or $79.33 per month.

 

SUMMARY OF RATE CHANGES:

(per month)

Wastewater Current New Change
Metered Customers $4.34 $3.08 -29%
Service Charge $8.50 $8.50
Unmetered $103.62 $80.94 -22%

 

Stormwater Current New Change
ERUs*  $8.30 $12.56 +51%
Catch Basins $50.89 $40.59 -20%


*Equivalent Residential Units. One ERU = 2,700 square feet of impervious surface area.