How Rates are Set

The cost to deliver water to your faucet and to treat water that goes down the drain can be impacted by:

  • Rainfall
  • Costs of materials
  • Labor costs
  • Inflation

As with any business, as these costs rise, our prices need to reflect the cost of providing safe, clean water.

How We Plan For the Long Term

  • Investments made in our water and wastewater system responsibly and gradually
  • Annual budget based on the planned capital and operating needs for that year
  • All our costs are paid for solely by rates and fees, not through taxes
  • Rate adjustments voted on in December of each year and implemented on customer bills at the beginning of the following year
  • The District continues to re-invest in its water infrastructure to keep pace with inflation and other cost increases.

Visit our FAQ’s page to view frequently asked questions regarding rates.

Understanding Rates

Investing in Our Water Future

The water bill you pay ensures we can continue to provide you—and generations to come—with the high-quality water service you receive today.

  • We receive no revenue from tax dollars.
  • Our rates are based on the costs to purchase and deliver water and sewer services to you.
  • We continually reinvest the money we get from your water bill to maintain and upgrade the pipes, pump stations, and other infrastructure that allow us to deliver safe reliable water, and remove wastewater.

A rate structure is how you are charged for water and wastewater services. The rate is the amount you are charged.

  • As The District has expanded over the past two decades, we have gradually absorbed a variety of rate structures and funding models to avoid disruptions in customer service or billing.
  • Your bill may consist of several different charges depending on your location.

In general, The District’s rate structure for both water and wastewater is made up of a service charge plus a volumetric water usage rate based on how many gallons of water you use.

  • The service charge covers the cost of billing, meter reading, and administration and is based on your meter size.
  • The volumetric rate for both water and wastewater services covers the annual operation, maintenance, and improvement of the water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
District Board Approves Modest Rate Increase for 2022

At The District, we plan for the long term, making investments in our water and wastewater systems responsibly and gradually. We develop an annual budget based on the planned capital and operating needs for that year. All of our costs, from capital infrastructure projects to daily operations to emergency work, are paid for solely by rates and fees, not taxes.

Each year, The District reviews the costs of operations, inflation, fuel, materials, and labor in order to establish our rates. Rates must also maintain debt service coverage, maintain bond covenants, and cover the cost of emergency repairs.

For 2022, the board approved a 2.2% increase in District water rates and a 1.8% increase for District sewer charges. This reflects an increase of only $1.76 in District charges per month for 1,000 cubic feet of usage.

"The expected costs of providing water and sewer services reflect higher operating costs due to uncertainty within the supply chain, higher treatment costs from suppliers, increased cost of customer data security, and sewer odor control in some areas." according to District Board Chairman, Mark Sheffer.

Your water and sewer bill is split into two parts: District operations and maintenance charges and treatment provider charges. Treatment provider charges will vary depending on where you live. In 2022, customers of some water and sewer treatment providers will see increases.

District Charges *per 1,000 cubic feet 2021 2022 Difference
District Water per Month $38.49 $39.35 + $0.86
District Sewer per Month $50.14 $51.04 + $0.90
Total per Month $88.63 $90.39 + $1.76
Services From Treatment Providers

In addition to the cost of maintaining the lines The District uses to deliver clean water or remove and treat wastewater, there is also a charge from your local water or sewer treatment provider.

  • Depending on your location, you will see an additional charge for your treatment service provider in addition to The District’s rates.
  • The District passes the rates for these services through to you as part of your monthly water bill.

Our drinking water and wastewater treatment service providers include:

  • City of Toledo
  • City of Bowling Green
  • City of Perrysburg
  • City of Oregon
  • City of Fostoria
  • City of Napoleon
  • Village of McComb

Treatment Provider Updates for 2022

Toledo Water and Sewer
Through 2027, rates established by the Toledo Regional Water Commission will impact customers as Toledo water rates are equalized for communities purchasing their water. All customers who receive Toledo water will see an increase in water. There are no increases to your sewer charge if your wastewater is treated by the City of Toledo.

Oregon Water and Sewer
Customers with water supplied by and wastewater treated by the City of Oregon will not have an increase.

Bowling Green Water and Sewer
The City of Bowling Green approved an increase in water and sewer rates for 2022.

Napoleon Water
The City of Napoleon approved a rate increase for water in 2022.

Perrysburg Water and Sewer
District customers with water provided by the City of Perrysburg and sewer treated by Perrysburg will see an increase in rates in 2022.

Lucas County Sewer
No additional provider charges are expected at this time.

Rate Resolution

2021 Resolution

Northwestern Water and Sewer District December 17, 2020

In the matter of fixing operation and maintenance rates for sewer collection and treatment services, water distribution services, and sale of water in the District.

Trustee Latta moved the adoption of the following Resolution:

Whereas, The Board of Trustees of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District operates a water and sewer district in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 6119 of the Ohio Revised Code; and

Whereas, Chapter 6119 of the Ohio Revised Code provides that the Board of Trustees shall fix reasonable rates for the use of sewers, sewage treatment and/or water distribution which shall be at least sufficient to pay for all the costs of operation; and

Whereas. After the budget estimates for 2021 were completed with revenue requirements for services, the Finance Committee, Jerry Greiner, President and Kay Ball, CFO, recommends a 0% general increase in the operation and maintenance charges for all sewer collection and treatment services and a 0% general increase for all water services provided by the District; and

Whereas, Ms. Ball further recommends the Board of Trustees not implement the tenth year of the inclusion of depreciation costs in the volume charge for both water and sewer services in order to establish a repair and replacement fund for future needs, with the increase to collect 100% of the depreciation costs being implemented over a 15-20 year period; and

Whereas, Ms. Ball and Mr. Greiner further recommend that any rate increases
implemented by the City of Oregon, the City of Bowling Green, the City of Fostoria, and the City of Toledo for the sale of water to the District be reflected in the rates charged to the master metered customers in the Oregon area master metered customers; the Bowling Green area master metered and rural customers; the Fostoria area master metered customers; the Toledo service area customers which are in addition to any increase in the District's operation and maintenance rates; and

Whereas, Ms. Ball and Mr. Greiner report that all areas that had "phased in" rates over a period of time have all expired, with all areas being billed operation and maintenance charges at the full District rates in 2021; and

Whereas, These increases should be implemented in order to maintain established financial objectives for the District in accordance with the policies established previously by the Board with adjustments to estimated expenditures, which will provide for the continuation of the District as a self-sustaining enterprise supported entirely by the users of the system; therefore be it

Resolved, By the Board of Trustees of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District that effective for all utility bills sent after January 1, 2021, the rates for customers served shall be adjusted, based on the level of services provided to each customer; and be it further

Resolved, That all other rates, charges, and policies previously established shall remain in full force and effect until otherwise provided for by the Board of Trustees of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District; and be it further

Resolved, That the operation and maintenance charges for sewer collection, water distribution and water purchased wholesale as established by this Resolution shall supersede all existing and historical rates established by the Board of County Commissioners of Wood County, Ohio, and the Board of Trustees of the Wood County Regional Water and Sewer District now known as the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, under the provision of Chapters 6117.02 and 6119 of the Ohio Revised Code, as applicable; and be it further

Resolved, That this Northwestern Water and Sewer District Board of Trustees hereby finds and determines that all formal actions relative to the passage of this resolution were taken in open meetings of this Board, and that all deliberations of the Board and of its committees, if any, which resulted in formal action, were taken in meetings open to the public, in full compliance with applicable legal requirements, including Section 121.22, Ohio Revised Code.

Trustee Hahn seconded the resolution and the roll being called on its adoption, the vote resulted as follows:

Yes – 8

No – 0

Abstain – 0

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