Save Water - Pay Less!
Effective January 1, 2016, City of Olympia customers started saving up to $15 on their City sewer bill by using less drinking water! The discount is available to single-family residential customers who use substantially less water than the average.
The average water use for our single-family customers is about 1,300 cubic feet (about 150 gallons per day) per bi-monthly billing period. Customers who use less than 500 cubic feet (about 60 gallons per day) per bi-monthly billing period pay a discounted bi-monthly sewer rate of $26.58 (normally $42.94). Customers using up to 700 cubic feet (about 85 gallons per day) receive a prorated portion of the discount. Everyone else pays the standard rate.
The City keeps track of your water use for you and applies any discounts automatically.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many customers receive the discount?
What happens in the summer when I use water that does not become wastewater?
Based on historical data, about 15-20% of customers receive the fully discounted rate of $26.58, bi-monthly. Another 10-15% of customers receive a lowered rate between $26.58 and $42.94. Everyone else pays the standard rate of $42.94, bi-monthly.
What about multi-family customers?
In the summer, if you use more than 700 cubic feet per bi-monthly billing cycle, you will pay the standard rate of $42.94, bimonthly. This is not a surcharge – it is the same rate most customers pay. On average, more people will qualify for the discount in the winter than in the summer.
What about commercial and industrial customers?
Multi-family sewer customers already receive a discounted wastewater rate of 30% less than single-family residential customers.
What if I have a well or do not have a metered drinking water account with Olympia?
Commercial and industrial customers already pay wastewater rates that are partially based on water usage.
Why did the City change the rate structure?
You will pay the standard rate of 42.94, bimonthly. This is not a surcharge – it is the same rate most customers pay. We still appreciate any drinking water you save – it’s great for the environment.
The new rate structure is more equitable and affordable. In the past, there was nothing an individual or family could do to decrease their wastewater bill. This change gives some control over rates to more customers.
Contact Diane Utter at 360.753.8562 or firstname.lastname@example.org