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Resolution 1910 Concerning Water and Sewer Charges
Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Water & Sewer Rate Comparison
Quarterly Water Rates
Water Consumption:
Tier  FY 2022 Rates  FY 2023 Rates 

Less than 6,000  4.41  4.72 
6,001 to 15,000  5.51  5.9 
15,001 to 120,000  6.61  7.07 
120,001 to 750,000  7.71  8.25 
Greater than 750,000  8.82  9.44 
Water Base Charge
Meter Size  FY 2022 Rates  FY 2023 Rates 

75  42.43  45.40 
100  70.86  75.82 
125  106.08  113.50 
150  141.29  151.18 
200  226.15  241.98 
300  452.29  484.42 
400  707.31  756.82 
600  1,414.19  1,513.18 
Greater than 800  2,262.79  2,421.18 
Quarterly Sewer Rates
Sewer Consumption (based on water consumption):
Tier  FY 2022 Rates  FY 2023 Rates 

All Usage (based on water meter)  6.06  6.24 
Sewer Base Charge
Meter Size  FY 2022 Rates  FY 2023 Rates 

75  41.32  42.56 
100  69.00  71.08 
125  103.30  106.40 
150  137.60  141.72 
200  220.24  226.84 
300  440.88  454.12 
400  688.80  709.48 
600  1,377.20  1,418.52 
Greater than 800  2,203.60  2,269.72 
FY 2023 Stormwater Management Fee
Annual Rate to be billed quarterly.
Description  FY 2022 Rates  FY 2023 Rate  Percent Increase 

All property class types  21.97  24.16  10% 
Storm Water Management Fee
Storm water is created when water, mostly rain, cannot be absorbed into the ground. Most residential properties have about 30% impervious surface, multiresidential and commercial properties have about 70% impervious surface, and agricultural or country clubs have about 5% impervious surface. Impervious means the ground is covered and water cannot be absorbed, i.e. house, driveway, parking lot, etc. The City is processing that runoff in its sewer systems.
The Bay Restoration Fund Fee (Flush Tax)
All wastewater treatment plant owners have been mandated by the State of Maryland (Senate Bill 320, May 26, 2004) to collect Bay Restoration Fund Fees (BRF) from their users and forward the funds collected to the State of Maryland. The BRF is a dedicated fund that will be used to upgrade sewer plants, and pay for farmland crop cover to reduce nitrogen flows into Maryland waters. Customers will see this BRF fee on Utility bills effective January 1, 2005.
New rates were established during the 2012 Maryland State legislative session, House Bill 446. The new rates will be utilized effective July 1, 2012. For additional information, call the Maryland Department of Environment at 4105373567 or visit their website.
Calculation of Water & Sewer Bill
Base Charge WATER and SEWER: For a .75 inch meter is $39.65/91.25 days equals $0.4345 per day for water and $40.12/91.25 day equals $0.4397 per day for sewer (see Rate Schedule for other meter sizes). Multiply the daily rate times the number of days on your bill for both Water and Sewer.
Consumption Charges (Tier Rate per thousand)
Water
Tier  FY 2021 Rates 

Less than 6,000  $4.12 
6,001 to 15,000  $5.15 
15,001 to 120,000  $6.18 
120,001 to 750,000  $7.21 
Greater than 750,000  $8.24 
Sewer
Tier  FY 2021 Rates 

All Usage (based on water meter)  $5.88 
Calculation Example
Consumption volume per tier fluctuates based on the actual number of days in your billing cycle. For example:
A bill with actual number of days equals 95 days and consumption of 20,000 gallons:
 Step 1:
 6,000 divided by 91.25 days equals 65.7534 per day
 65.7534 times 95 days equals 6,247 gallons which gets rounded to the nearest hundredth (6,200) charged using the 1st tier rate
 6,200 divided by 1,000 times $4.12 equals $25.54
 Step 2:
 15,000 minus 6,000 equals 9,000 gallons in 2nd tier for a typical 91.25 day billing.
 9,000/91.25 days equals 98.6301 per day
 98.6301 times 95 days equals 9,370 which gets rounded to the nearest hundredth (9,400) gallons allowed to be charged using 2nd tier rate
 Original consumption equals 20,000 minus 6,200 (1st Tier) equals 13,800 remaining
 9,400 divided by 1,000 times $5.15 equals $48.41
 Step 3:
 120,000 minus 15,000 equals 105,000 gallons in 3rd tier for a typical 91.25 day billing.
 105,000 divided by 91.25 days equals 1,150.6849 per day
 1,150.6849 times 95 days equals 109,315 which gets rounded to the nearest hundredth (109,300) gallons allowed to be charged using 3rd tier rate
 Original consumption 20,000 minus 6,200 (1st tier) minus 9,400 (2nd tier) equals 4,400 consumption remaining.
 4,400 divided by 1,000 times $6.18 equals $27.19
Total Water consumption cost equals $25.54 + 48.41 + 27.19 equals $101.14.
Sewer consumption is calculated taking the total water consumption divided by 1,000 multiplied by $5.88. For this example: 20,000 divided by 1,000 times $5.88 equals $117.60.
Total Bill =
Base Water $.4345 * 95  $41.28 
Base Sewer $.4397 * 95  $41.77 
Water Consumption  $101.14 
Sewer Consumption  $117.60 
Total Bill  $301.79 

Utility Billing
Phone: : 3016001421
Meter Department Phone: 3016001166
After Hours Emergency Phone: 3016001440