All users of the St. Joseph Water System are billed for the serviced based on acutal meter readings. The Public Works staff electronically reads all meters the begining of each odd numbered month (January, March, May, July, September, November). Residents are then charged a water usage fee, based on the actual amount of water used and a water line charge as described below.
2019 Water Rates
Line Charge - $24 per unit per billing cycle (2 months) Usage - Rate per gallon of water used: $0495
Description of Fees
In an effort to encourage conservation, the city does not charge a minimum water fee and residents are charged for each gallon of water used. The rates for usage are based on costs to operate the system so that high users of the system pay a larger portion of the operational costs.
The operation of a water system includes considerable fixed assets, which all residents benefit from in order to have water services available. The cost of the fixed asset does not fluctuate on usage; therefore, the line charge was developed to equitably charge all residents an equal amount for the asset. To help calculate the charges, one unit is charged for each residential use and one for each commercial use. If a residential structure contains multiple residential units, each unit is charged a line charge. Similarly, business structures with multiple uses are charged for each unit.