The City's water and sewer systems have seen a slight increase in size over the last five to ten years and the majority of the water and sewer infrastructure is approaching 100 years of age. Therefore, because water usage has declined due to conservation efforts, and the need and cost of maintaining the aging infrastructure has increased, rates needed to be raised simply to maintain and operate the systems at current levels. As a result, the rates charged for water were increased for 2019. This increase was based on a water and sewer rate study (PDF) conducted in 2018.
Water charges are based on customer class with an inclining block structure, plus a monthly fixed charge, determined by the size of your water meter. Sewer charges are based on customer class and water usage. Historically, the City has been able to balance the sewer rate schedule with fixed monthly charges and flat rates for all customer classes.
Below is an example of a projected total residential monthly utility bill based on an average usage of 4,500 gallons.
A water meter has seven number slots on the number wheel. The first slot from the right does not move. When the meter's red needle makes a full revolution, the second slot registers one, indicating the use of 10 gallons of water. The third slot indicates 100 gallons. The fourth slot measures water use in increments of 1000 gallons, and so on. The City reads the meter in 1000 of gallons and indicates the reading, as such, on each monthly utility bill.
Checking for Leaks
The small red gear wheel near the center of the meter spins whenever water is moving through the meter. If you observe the red gear wheel moving, and no water is being used, it indicates a leak somewhere in the residence. (i.e., dripping faucet, leaking toilet flapper, or stuck water softener). Another way to check for leaks is to record the numbers on the meter before going to bed and then again first thing in the morning. If the number has changed and no one used water during the night, a leak may need correcting. For information about the meters or utility billing, please contact Wayzata Public Works at 952-404-5363.