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

Drinking Water Rates

Effective July 1, 2021

Note: For the first time in nearly a decade, GAUD is applying for a drinking water rate increase. See below for details about a Rate Hearing on April 16th.

Accounts Billed Monthly: For all usage in excess of 100 cubic feet per month - $2.64 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" $12.46 100
3/4" $14.50 100
1" $16.54 100
1 1/2" $24.19 100
2" $30.82 100
3" $39.49 100
4" $56.32 100
6" $93.56 100


Seasonal Rates:
For all usage in excess of 600 cubic feet for the season - $2.64 per 100 cubic feet (100 cubic feet = 748.1 gallons)  

Minimum Seasonal Charges:

Size of
Water Allowance
(Cubic Ft.)
5/8" $91.05 600
3/4" $115.52 600
1" $140.00 600
1 1/2" $231.80 600
2" $311.36 600
3" $415.39 600
4" $617.35 600
6" $1,064.11 600


Fire Protection Charges

Effective July 1, 2021

Municipal Fire Protection: Charge per year for fire hydrants installed as of July 1, 2021.

Community Number of Hydrants Annual Charges
Augusta 458.5 $824,639.76
Manchester 24 $43,165.44
Winthrop 12 $21,582.72
Chelsea 1 $1,798.56
Vassalboro .5 $899.28
Hallowell 5 $8,992.80
Total 501 $901,078.56
Annual Cost per Hydrant   $1,798.56


Other Fire Protection Charges:
Charge per year for fire service connections to water mains.

Size of Connection Annual Charge
1" $278.76
1 1/2" $418.20
2" $557.40
3" $836.28
4" $1,115.04
6" $1,672.44
8" $2,229.96
10" $2,787.48
12" $3,345.00


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.


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


Notice of drinking water Rate filing

The Greater Augusta Utility District (the District) hereby notifies its customers that a proposed increase in drinking water and fire protection rates has been filed with the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) pursuant to MRS Title 35-A section 6104.

The District held a public hearing on Monday, April 26, 2021, at 6:00 PM, to discuss and hear comments on the proposed water rate increase. 

The District is proposing an increase in current water rates to become effective with invoices dated on or after July 1, 2021. The current rates have been in effect since October 3, 2011. The proposed rates provide an increase in revenue of approximately $364,593. The 10% rate increase will be the same for all customer classes including public and private fire protection and private hydrants.

The minimum invoice will increase $1.13 per month. The average residential invoice will increase approximately $2.07 per month.

 Pursuant to 35-A MRS Section 6104, a customer has the right to request additional information relating to the present and proposed rates from the District, the right to an open and fair hearing, and the right to assistance from the Maine Office of the Public Advocate

Customers also have the right to petition the PUC to suspend and investigate the District’s rates pursuant to 35-A MRS Section 310, if, on or before thirty (30) days following the public hearing, 15% of the District’s customers (or 1,000 customers, whichever is less), file with the District’s General Manager and with the PUC, c/o Administrative Director, 18 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0018, a petition or petitions demanding review by the PUC of the proposed rate changes. Signatures on the petitions filed pursuant to Section 7 are invalid unless accompanied by the printed names and addresses of the signers. Upon request the District will provide customers with petition forms that include space for the signatures, printed names and addresses of the signers. 

Material supporting the proposed rate increase is available for inspection at this link or at the District’s office, 12 Williams Street in Augusta.  The proposed tariff is located here.  If you have any questions or desire additional information, you may call Brian Tarbuck, General Manager, at (207) 622-3701, or the Administrative Director of the PUC at (207) 287-3831