Utility Rates

FY2016 Water & Sewer Rate Comparison



Quarterly Rates:






Tier FY2015 Rates FY2016 Rates % Increase

<6000 3.32 3.41 3.0%

6001-16000 4.80 4.95 3.0%

16001-24000 5.08 5.23 3.0%

24001-32000 5.31 5.47 3.0%

>32001 5.76 5.93 3.0%





Base Charge



Meter Size 75 35.43 36.49 3.0%
Meter Size 100 49.60 51.09 3.0%
Meter Size 125 56.68 58.38 3.0%
Meter Size 150 63.83 65.74 3.0%
Meter Size 200 102.74 105.82 3.0%
Meter Size 300 389.66 401.35 3.0%
Meter Size 400 495.92 510.80 3.0%
Meter Size 600 743.87 766.19 3.0%
Meter Size >800 1,027.26 1,058.08 3.0%

FY2016 Stormwater Management Fee


Annual Rate to be billed quarterly.

Description
FY2015 Rates FY2016 Rates % Increase
All property class types 15.0000 15.0000 0%





Sample: 1/4 Acre Residential Home


(10,890 sq ft x 30% / 1,000) X $15.00 = $49.005 yearly

$49.005 / 365 days = $.134260 daily

$.134260 X # of days on your bill = SWM Fee

Approximately $12.25 per quarter ($49.01 / 4 = $12.25)

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, multi-residential 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 www.mlis.state.md.us ) 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.

  • Residential customer will have an additional charge of $15.00 per quarter of BRF due on their water & sewer bill.
  • Non-Residential customers will be billed at a rate of $15.00 per quarter per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU).

For additional information, call the Maryland Department of Environment at (410) 537-3567 or visit their website at www.mde.state.md.us

Calculation of Water & Sewer Bill

Base Charge: For a .75 inch meter is $36.49/91.25 days = $.3999 per day for water and $.3999 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
<6000 $3.41
6001-16000 $4.95
16001-24000 $5.23
24001-32000 $5.47
>32000 $5.93

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 = 95 days and consumption of 20,000 gallons.
  • Step 1:
    • 6,000/91.25 days = 65.7534 per day
    • 65.7534 x 95 days = 6,247 gallons which gets rounded to the nearest hundredth (6,200) charged using the 1st tier rate
    • 6,200/1000*$3.41 = $21.14
  • Step 2:
    • 16,000 – 6,000 = 10,000 gallons in 2nd tier for a typical 91.25 day billing.
    • 10,000/91.25 days = 109.589 per day
    • 109.589 * 95 days = 10,411 which gets rounded to the nearest hundredth (10,400) gallons allowed to be charged using 2nd tier rate
    • Original consumption = 20,000 – 6,200 (1st Tier) = 13,800 remaining
    • 10,400/1,000*$4.95 = $51.48
  • Step 3:
    • 24,000 – 16,000 = 8,000 gallons in 3rd tier for a typical 91.25 day billing.
    • 8,000/91.25 days = 87.6712 per day
    • 87.6712 * 95 days = 8,329 which gets rounded to the nearest hundredth (8,300) gallons allowed to be charged using 3rd tier rate
    • Original consumption 20,000- 6,200 (1st tier) – 10,400 (2nd tier) = 3,400 consumption remaining.
    • 3,400/1,000*$5.23 = $17.78

Total Water consumption cost = $21.14+51.48+17.78 = $90.40
The Sewer Service charge is the sum of the base charge and all volume charges for Water Service.