As you can imagine, we get a lot of questions concerning the water bills here at City Hall. Below is an example of what a water bill looks like with some explanation of what the individual lines or charges mean.
Reading - Indicates the previous reading on your meter from last quarter and the new reading on your meter for this quarter. For the real number in gallons, add a zero. We leave a zero off to save space on the bill.
Consumption - This calculates how many gallons were used in the quarter
DS - Debt Service. This fee is to repay the loan for the sewer lift station that was put in a few years ago. This fee is $21.80 for the next 3 years and it will then decrease to $14.30 the remaining 9 years of the debt. The final payoff is the end of the calendar year 2030.
MC - Meter Charge. This money goes into a fund to purchase replacement meters. It is kept in a seperate fund. This is done so that the customers do not have to pay to install a meter or a malfunctioning meter.
SE - Sewer. This calculation is based off of our rate for the amount of water and waste that goes down the sewer. The consumption used for this is the same as your water reading.
SW - Solid Waste. This line is your Trash and Recycling charge for the quarter.
WA - Water. Calculates your consumption at our rate of $0.32 per 100 gallons after your base rate of the minimum 4,000 gallons at $25. Based on the bill above, there is a base rate of $25 for the first 4,000 gallons. Mr. Doe used 2,510 gallons more, so that additional cost is added to both the water and the sewer.
TX - Tax. The State of Iowa taxes the product sold.