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Understanding Rates

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.

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
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.