Water & Sewer Rates

Sewer Rates

The Utility Billing Office would like to remind you of this year's action regarding your sewer rates.

Approval for Rate Increase

At a meeting of the Common Council held on December 3, 2012, the Sewer Rate Ordinance No. 2012-32 was approved, and starting January 1, 2013, a 15% increase for sewage services takes effect. This is Phase I and the 1st phase of the 3-phase rate increase. Additional rate increases will occur in 2014 of 10% and 2015 of 4%.

Changes to Residential Bills

What this means to the average residential customer is that the sewage portion of their bill, starting in January, 2013, will increase by 15%. The water portion of the bill will remain at the same rate as it has been since the 2000-59 Waterworks Ordinance was passed. For example:
  • The average person uses approximately 3,000 gallons of water in a month. The bill for 3,000 gallons last year and this year are displayed below. This total does not include any fire protection or storm water fees.
  2014 2015
Water $6.48
Tax $0.45 $0.45
Sewage $20.63 $21.46
Total $27.56 $28.39
Cost Difference
The difference in cost for 2015 is $0.83.

Purpose of Rate Increases
The rate increases will help fund the $30 million Earl Ave Interceptor and Durkees Run projects. These combined projects will continue the City of Lafayette's commitment to address polluting of the Wabash River through Combined Sewage Overflows (CSOs). CSOs occur in older sewers that were designed to collect both raw sewage and rainwater.

Why This Is Important
During a rain event, combined raw sewage and stormwater can exceed the capacity of the sewer and overflow into nearby streams and the Wabash River. Keeping this raw sewage from entering Lafayette's waterways is a priority for the City. The projects funded by these rate increases will decrease the annual amount of raw sewage entering our waterways. For more information regarding CSOs please visit the City's website or call 765-807-1800.

More Information
Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to serving you in 2015 and the years to come. Please feel free to contact the Utility Billing Office at 765-807-1100 or email us if you have any billing questions.

2015 Water Rates
To see a breakdown of water, sewer and tax charges based on your usage, click link below. Usage is listed in 100's of gallons. For example, 50 = 5,000 gallons. If you have any questions please call or email us at the number or email above. Charges do not include any applicable Fire Protection Fees or Storm Water Fees.

Schedule of Rates and Charges
For use of and service rendered by the waterworks system of the City, based on the use of water supplied by said waterworks system:  
Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part A
*Ordinance #2000-59 contains the current water rates 
 Consumption (Per Month) Metered Rates (Per Month, Per 1,000 Gallons) 
0-5,000  $2.16 
5,000-20,000 $2.00
20,000-70,000 $1.80
70,000-170,000 $1.49
170,000-570,000 $1.29
570,000-1,070,000 $1.18
Over 1,070,000 $1.07

Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part B
*Each user shall pay a minimum charge in accordance with the applicable size of meter installed, for which the user will be entitled to the quantity of water set out in the above schedule of rates
 Size of Meter (Inches) Minimum Gallonage  Minimum Charge
 5/8 or 3/4 2,000 $4.32
1 6,727 $14.25
1 1/2 14,560 $29.92
2 22,644 $45.56
3 44,898 $85.62
4 78,070 $142.82
6 185,200 $299.41
8 363,600 $529.54
10 512,300 $721.37

 Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part C
Other Public Facilities (Each Per Annum)
Fire Station $284.60
Fountains $113.80
Municipal Swimming Pools $8,537.70

Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part D
Fire Hydrants (Per Hydrant - Per Annum) 
Municipal Hydrants $370.00
Private Hydrants $370.00

Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part E
Private Fire Protection (Sprinklers - Per Annum) 
1 1/2" line $205.00
2" line $239.10
2 1/2" line $307.40
3" line $375.60
4" line $478.20
6" line $717.20
8" line $956.10
10" line $2,049.20
12" line $2,561.40

 Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part F
Fire Protection Fee
All Water utility customers served water within city limits will pay a Fire Protection Fee based on meter size. See City Ordinances (2007) for more detail
 All Water utility customers served water outside the city limits and located within 1,000' of a public fire hydrant in service $1.87

 Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part G
Temporary Users
Water furnished to temporary users such as contractors, circuses, etc., shall be charged on the basis of the metered gallon rates hereinbefore set forth as estimated by the Waterworks Superintendent

Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part H
Tapping Fees 
Each user, at the time he is connected with the waterworks system, shall pay a charge to cover the costs of tapping the main, furnishing and laying service pipe, corporation and stop cocks, service and meter box and installing a meter. The Charge for a 5/8 or 3/4 inch meter tap shall be $600.00. The charge for a tap larger than 5/8 or 3/4 inch meter will be the cost of labor and materials, but not less than $600.00

Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part I
Reconnection Charge 
 To Establish New Service Connection $12.00
To Re-Establish Service $24.00
When the service is turned off for non-payment of bill, or whenever for any reason beyond the control of the waterworks a re-establishment of services is required by any one customer, the charge will be made by the waterworks to cover the cost of discontinuance and re-establishment of service. The charge, together with any arrears due the waterworks, shall be paid by the customer before service will be re-established.

Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part J
Bad Check Charge 
 Insufficient Funds or non-existent bank account charge $12.00

Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part K
Customer Meter Deposit 
 Tenant or purchaser of property on contract $20.00
Commercial Customer $35.00
Said deposit shall be made by the customer making application for the respective service, and who shall be responsible for the monthly billings. Said respective deposits, less the amount of any current and/or delinquent bills owing, shall be refunded to said customer at such time as said customer requests disconnection or termination of the respective service.

 Schedule of Water Rates and Charges - Part L
Collection and Deferred Payment Charges
All bills for service not paid within fifteen days from the due date thereof, as stated in such bills, shall be subject to the collection or deferred payment charge of 10% on the first $3.00 and 3% on the excess over $3.00.

Current Waste Water Rates 
Minimum Monthly Billing Charge $4.30
Use Charge $5.72 per 1,000 gallons
Flat Rate Unmetered Residential Sewage Bill $67.22 per month (Based on 11,000 gal per month)
Flat Rate Unmetered Commercial Sewage Bill $158.74 per month (Based on 27,000 gal per month)