Chapter 7.30
WATER RATES AND SEWER CHARGES

Sections:

7.30.010    Definitions.

7.30.020    Separate single-family residence meters.

7.30.030    Water rates – Meter installation charges.

7.30.035    Water and sewer utility general facilities charges.

7.30.036    Sewer special connection districts.

7.30.040    Utility charges – Sanitary sewer.

7.30.045    Special connection charge.

7.30.050    Unauthorized use of water.

7.30.060    Severability.

7.30.070    Water, sewer and stormwater rate reductions for low income citizens.

7.30.080    Reserved.

7.30.090    Penalties.

7.30.010 Definitions.

A. “Dwelling unit” means a building or portion thereof providing complete housekeeping facilities for one family.

B. “Single-family residence” means a detached building containing one dwelling unit only.

C. “Duplex” means a building, occupying a lot, containing two dwelling units.

D. “Apartment houses” and other “multiple units” (except hotels, tourist courts, trailer parks, and motels) means a building or buildings used for and containing three or more dwelling units occupied on a weekly or monthly basis. Units rented on a weekly or monthly basis shall not be deemed to be tourist courts or motels.

E. “Hotels” means any place with individual rooms rented on a daily or weekly basis.

F. “Tourist courts” and “motels” means detached multiple units, occupied and paid for on a daily basis.

G. “Office buildings” includes all types of professional and business offices, including but not limited to architects, engineers, lawyers, doctors, dentists, real estate offices, etc.

H. “Commercial” and “retail buildings” mean all types of retail and commercial business establishments other than office buildings and other than industrial or manufacturing, and each such business shall be considered as a separate unit even though two or more may be in the same building.

I. In the event there is more than one type of operation in the same building, i.e., a professional office, a retail store, a restaurant, or an apartment, then in that case each separate category or type shall pay at the rate fixed under that particular category or type.

J. “Equivalent residential unit” or “ERU” means a sewer connection charge based upon the winter standard water consumption of a single-family residence of 7.07 per 100 cubic feet of water. [Ord. 3339 § 1, 2000; Ord. 786 § 1, 1959].

7.30.020 Separate single-family residence meters.

Each single-family residence building or structure served by water shall be provided with its own separate water meter. Prior to the time when such additional separate meters can be installed, water rates shall be applicable on the same basis as if the separate meters were actually installed. [Ord. 1449, 1969].

7.30.030 Water rates – Meter installation charges.

A. Base Rate. The bimonthly rates of water supplied through meters shall be fixed at the following levels:

 

Effective Date

 

Current

1/1/2020

1/1/2021

1/1/2022

Single-family residence (per unit)

$31.14

$38.81

$40.56

$42.38

Duplex, apartment houses, condos and other multiunit residences (per unit)

$32.71

$34.18

$35.72

$37.33

All other customers:

Effective Date

Current

Meter

1/1/2020

1/1/2021

1/1/2022

$44.91

3/4"

$46.93

$49.04

$51.25

$91.43

1"

$95.54

$99.84

$104.34

$169.07

1 1/2"

$176.68

$184.63

$192.94

$257.76

2"

$269.36

$281.48

$294.15

$556.06

3"

$581.08

$607.23

$634.56

$787.66

4"

$823.10

$860.14

$898.85

$1,597.48

6"

$1,669.37

$1,744.49

$1,822.99

B. Variable Rate. In addition to the base rate set forth above, the customer shall be charged the following rate per 100 cubic feet of water consumed:

Effective Date

Current

1/1/2020

1/1/2021

1/1/2022

$3.87

$4.04

$4.23

$4.42

All water base rate and variable rate charges on water utility bills mailed on or after January 1st of each year shall be based on rates as reflected in this section corresponding with said time period.

C. Meter Installation Charges.

1. New service line and meter installation charges are fixed as follows:

a. 3/4"    $550.00

b.  1"     $800.00

2. The actual cost of street restoration (with regard to all surface streets) shall be added to any meter installation charge, if applicable.

3. When approved by the city engineer, new service lines installed by a developer on a plat shall be credited as follows:

a. 3/4"     $175.00

b.  1"     $200.00

D. All rates set forth in this section shall be exclusive of any applicable taxes.

E. Repealed by Ord. 3618. [Ord. 4169 § 1, 2019; Ord. 4052 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3945 § 1, 2013; Ord. 3903 § 1, 2012; Ord. 3802 § 1, 2010; Ord. 3618 § 2, 2006; Ord. 3616 §§ 1 – 3, 2006; Ord. 3400 § 1, 2002; Ord. 3339 § 2, 2000; Ord. 2974 §§ 1 and 2, 1994; Ord. 2898 § 1, 1992; Ord. 2880 § 1, 1992; Ord. 2657 § 1, 1988; Ord. 2361 § 1, 1983; Ord. 2339 § 2, 1982; Ord. 2305 § 2, 1982; Ord. 2255 § 1, 1981; Ord. 2211 § 1, 1981; Ord. 2197 § 1, 1981; Ord. 2139, 1980; Ord. 1963 § 1, 1977; Ord. 1898 § 1, 1977; Ord. 1709 § 1, 1974; Ord. 1457 § 1, 1970; Ord. 1385 § 2, 1968; Ord. 1263 § 1, 1967; Ord. 901, 1961; Ord. 786 § 2, 1959].

7.30.035 Water and sewer utility general facilities charges.

A general facilities charge (GFC) (formerly known as a “connection charge”) shall be paid by each new customer connecting to the city’s water or sewer system in accordance with the following requirements:

A. Sewer System GFC. The sanitary sewer GFC shall be paid by the applicant at the time and according to the date of side sewer permit issuance in an amount per equivalent residential unit (ERU) added as a result of the development as set forth in the table below; provided, that nonresidential building permit and business license applicants shall pay sewer system GFC when the proposed structure and/or business activity would generate additional probable sewer usage.

 

2012 before effective date

2012 effective date forward

2013

2014 and beyond

Sewer GFC per ERU

$730.00

$2,573.50

$3,495.25

$4,417.00

1. A single-family residential applicant shall pay a GFC equal to one ERU per dwelling unit.

2. A multifamily residential applicant shall pay a GFC equal to 0.67 ERU per dwelling unit.

3. Applicants for nonresidential development shall pay a GFC equal to the ERU determination that is made by the public works director. This determination shall be made by estimating the probable sewer usage of the proposed development. In estimating the probable sewer usage, the public works director may consider, among other factors, the average winter water consumption for similar existing development in the city. If the applicant disagrees with the director’s ERU determination, the applicant may submit additional information and analysis from a qualified engineer, with an additional $200.00 review fee, in support of a request for an alternate ERU determination. The director shall review the request for an alternate ERU determination and may accept the alternate calculation, revise the earlier ERU determination based on the new information, or uphold the earlier

ERU determination. Once the director has made a final ERU determination, the applicant may pay the GFC under protest and appeal the determination, along with the underlying permit, to the hearing examiner.

B. Water System GFC. The water system GFC shall be paid upon, and according to the date of, application for water service, and based upon the size of the meter to be installed, as set forth in the table below:

Water Meter Size

2012 before effective date

2012 effective date forward

2013

2014 and beyond

3/4" meter

$908.00

$2,979.00

$4,014.50

$5,050.00

1" meter

$2,270.00

$7,447.00

$10,035.50

$12,624.00

1.5" meter

$4,540.00

$14,894.00

$20,071.00

$25,248.00

2" meter

$7,264.00

$23,830.50

$32,113.75

$40,397.00

3" meter

$14,528.00

$47,661.00

$64,227.50

$80,794.00

4" meter

$22,700.00

$74,470.00

$100,355.00

$126,240.00

6" meter

$45,400.00

$148,940.00

$200,710.00

$252,480.00

8" meter

$72,640.00

$238,304.00

$321,136.00

$403,968.00

C. No water connection charge shall be levied for connections to water mains installed pursuant to Local Improvement District Nos. 115, 146 and 152 by properties which participated in the establishment of said local improvement districts. [Ord. 3883 § 1 (Att. A), 2012; Ord. 3339 § 3, 2000].

7.30.036 Sewer special connection districts.

A. A connection charge shall be paid by each new customer connecting to the city’s sewer system within the following described district(s). This special connection charge is based upon the actual cost of constructing improvements which relate directly and exclusively to homes within the district(s) and which are, because of the special nature of the construction, separate and distinct from the overall costs of the system paid by a customer pursuant to ECC 7.30.035. These charges shall be in addition to the charges paid by a new customer pursuant to ECC 7.30.035 and do not duplicate any costs contained in the underlying sewer utility connection charge.

B. 88th Avenue West Sewer Special Connection District.

1. Properties addressed as 21903, 21904, and 21911 88th Avenue West shown on Exhibit A attached to the ordinance codified in this section maintained on file in the city clerk’s office and any subdivision, lot line adjustment or reconfiguration of the lots or the property represented by such addresses shall pay a special connection fee, to be paid in full at the time of connection to the sewer system, of $2,941.39 per lot.

2. Due to the significant additional sewer system construction that will be required at the property owners’ expense to connect these properties to the sewer system after completion of the sewer project by the city, these properties may defer connection and shall not be required to connect to the sewer system within the time limit requirements of ECDC 18.10.010 and ECC 7.30.040.

3. The owner of any of these properties that does not connect to the sewer system within the time limits in accordance with ECDC 18.10.010 shall, upon connection to the sewer system, pay the above established special connection fee, increased based upon the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index for construction for the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area from the effective date of the ordinance codified in this section to the time of connection to the sewer system.

C. Olympic View Drive Sewer Special Connection Districts.

1. Properties legally described, addressed and identified on the attached Exhibit A (maintained on file in the city clerk’s office) as 7101, 7109, 7115, 7327, and 7333 Olympic View Drive, and 7530 184th Place SW/Olympic View Drive, or any subdivision, lot line adjustment, reconfiguration, or modification (including but not limited to legal description, address and other identification) of the lots or the property represented by those addresses shall pay, in addition to other connection charges and/or permit fees required by ordinance and/or resolution, a special connection fee, to be paid in full at the time of initial connection to the sewer laterals constructed in Olympic View Drive as identified on sheets 72-78 of the city of Lynnwood’s construction drawings for the Olympic View Drive Phase 2 – 76th Ave W to 178th Place SW, as follows:

Address

Special Connection Fee

7101 Olympic View Drive

$4,015.85

7109 Olympic View Drive

$3,720.56

7115 Olympic View Drive

$3,569.45

7327 Olympic View Drive

$3,009.26

7333 Olympic View Drive

$2,939.29

7530 184th Place SW

$3,798.31

Upon declaration by the city that the aforementioned sewer laterals constructed in Olympic View Drive are operational, the properties in Exhibit A shall connect to the sewer system in accordance with the requirements of ECDC 18.10.010 and ECC 7.30.040; provided, that a four-month extension to connect shall be granted to any of said properties that is developed upon payment, before the expiration of the time limit to connect set forth in ECDC 18.10.010, of one-third of the respective special connection fee charged above.

Any of said properties that is undeveloped at the time the sewer laterals are declared operational shall be allowed to defer connection to the public sewer system until the time when the property is developed. The owner of a property with deferred connection shall pay, upon initial connection to sewer laterals in Olympic View Drive, the special connection fee as set forth above, increased by a cumulative multiple, to the extent permitted under RCW 35.92.025, equal to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index for construction for the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area from the expiration of the time limits to connect set forth in ECDC 18.10.010, which would then have applied had the property not been undeveloped, to the time of initial connection.

2. Properties legally described, addressed and identified on the attached Exhibit B (maintained on file in the city clerk’s office) as 17632, 17708, 17626, 17806, 17810, 17910, and certain unaddressed property located between 17810 and 17910 Olympic View Drive and any subdivision, lot line adjustment, reconfiguration, or modification (including but not limited to legal description, address and other identification) of the lots or the property represented by such addresses shall pay, in addition to other connection charges and/or permit fees required by ordinance and/or resolution, a special connection fee, to be paid in full at the time of initial connection to the public sewer manhole and stub pipe located at the northwest corner of 180th St. SW and Olympic View Drive as identified on sheet 60 of the city of Lynnwood’s construction drawings for the Olympic View Drive Phase 1 – 178th Place SW to 168th St. SW (public sewer manhole), of $4,932.85 per lot.

Due to the significant additional sewer system construction that will be required at the property owners’ expense to connect to the above referenced public sewer manhole and stub pipe, the properties in Exhibit B, regardless of whether they are developed or not, may, notwithstanding the requirements of ECDC 18.10.010 and ECC 7.30.040, defer connection to the same.

The owner of a property that defers connection shall pay, upon initial connection to the public sewer manhole and stub pipe, the above established special connection fee, increased by a cumulative multiple, to the extent permitted under RCW 35.92.025, equal to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index for construction for the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area from the expiration of the time limits to connect set forth in ECDC 18.10.010 to the time of connection; provided, that if the property with deferred connection was undeveloped when the public sewer manhole and stub pipe were declared operational by the city, its owner shall pay, upon initial connection to the same, the above established special connection fee, increased to the extent permitted under RCW 35.92.025 by the aforementioned index from the expiration of the time limits to connect set forth in ECDC 18.10.010, which would then have applied had the property not been undeveloped, to the time of connection. [Ord. 3777 § 1, 2010; Ord. 3657 § 1, 2007].

7.30.040 Utility charges – Sanitary sewer.

The utility charges for sanitary sewer service set forth in this section shall be added to and made a part of the bimonthly or monthly rates for water supplied through the meters as set forth in ECC 7.30.030:

A. The following rates shall be charged on all billings after the effective date shown with respect to the following customers and/or service:

 

Effective Date

 

Current

1/1/2020

1/1/2021

1/1/2022

Single-family residence (bimonthly per unit)

 

 

 

 

Connected

$87.30

$91.67

$96.25

$101.06

Unconnected

$14.10

$14.81

$15.55

$16.32

Duplex, apartment houses, condos, and other multiunit residences (bimonthly per unit)

 

 

 

 

Connected

$70.14

$73.65

$77.33

$81.20

Unconnected

$14.10

$14.81

$15.55

$16.32

Duplex, apartment houses, condos, and other multiunit residences (monthly per unit)

 

 

 

 

Connected

$35.07

$36.82

$38.66

$40.60

Unconnected

$7.05

$7.40

$7.77

$8.16

All other customers (monthly per unit)

 

 

 

 

Fixed rate

$4.96

$5.21

$5.47

$5.74

Volume charge (per ccf)*

$5.62

$5.90

$6.20

$6.51

*per 100 cubic feet (1 unit) of metered water consumption

B. For customers who are not served by city waterlines but who are connected to city sewers, the charges shall be the same as set forth in subsection A of this section and its subparagraphs.

C. These rates do not apply to industries or manufacturing concerns which have industrial wastes. These, together with other activities not covered in this chapter, shall be dealt with on a special basis and have special rates set for the particular business by the water/utility administrative staff, subject to review and approval by the city council.

D. All property owners within an area served by a sanitary sewer system in the city of Edmonds are hereby directed and compelled to connect their private drains and sewers to the city system. Failure to do so within 30 days of written notice to connect by the city shall subject the property owner to a monthly penalty equal to that charge imposed by subsections A, B, and/or C above. Said penalty shall be billed to the property owner, and they shall be subject to payment, collection and enforcement in all respects as though they were utility customers of the city. All penalties collected shall be considered revenues of the sewer utility system. [Ord. 4169 § 2, 2019; Ord. 4052 § 2, 2016; Ord. 3945 § 2, 2013; Ord. 3570 § 2, 2005; Ord. 3400 § 2, 2002; Ord. 3339 § 4, 2000; Ord. 3195 § 1, 1998; Ord. 2823, 1991; Ord. 2657 § 2, 1988; Ord. 2551, 1986; Ord. 2361 § 2, 1983; Ord. 2255 § 2, 1981; Ord. 2197 § 2, 1981; Ord. 2181 § 1, 1980; Ord. 2147, 1980; Ord. 2139, 1980; Ord. 1898 § 2, 1977; Ord. 1465, 1970; Ord. 1458 § 1, 1970; Ord. 1264 § 1, 1967; Ord. 1051, 1964; Ord. 786 § 3, 1959].

7.30.045 Special connection charge.

In addition to any other charges prescribed by this chapter, a special connection charge shall be paid by the owner of any property, residential dwelling unit, or other structure that may hereafter connect to the sanitary sewer improvements constructed by any local improvement district formed by the city and for which no assessment was imposed or charged under the said LID. The special connection charge for each property, residential dwelling unit, or other structure so connected shall be equal to the amount of the assessment that would have been levied against such property, residential dwelling unit, or structure under the final assessment roll of the appropriate LID if the said property, residential dwelling unit, or other structure had been so assessed, together with interest thereon at the rate established by the ordinance authorizing issuance of the bonds for said LID, from the time of such authorization until the time of connection. The special connection charge shall be paid in a lump sum prior to connection to the sanitary sewer. The special connection charge provided for in this section shall apply only where the debt used to finance the local improvements has not yet been fully retired through assessment payments. If such debt has been fully retired through payment of such assessments, the special connection charge shall not apply. [Ord. 3332 § 1, 2000].

7.30.050 Unauthorized use of water.

It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or other organization of any type whatsoever to take, or allow to be taken, water from the Edmonds water system without a valid permit issued by the Edmonds water division. Any person, including the officers and/or directors of any firm, corporation or other organization of any type, who shall take water from the Edmonds water system without such permit shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to the penalties set forth in ECC 5.50.020. In addition to such penalties there shall be a charge by the water division for the taking of such water at a minimum of $100.00 plus $1.00 per 100 cubic feet of water taken. Said water charge may be charged against the premises from which the water was taken and enforced by available liens or, where applicable, against the individual, firm, corporation or other organization of any type, including the officers and directors thereof, who took or caused to be taken said unauthorized water. References herein to water permits shall include all permits required for water usage within the city of Edmonds, or from the Edmonds water system, as required by the Edmonds City Code. [Ord. 1562, 1971].

7.30.060 Severability.

Should any section, clause or provision of this chapter be declared by the courts to be invalid, the same shall not affect the validity of the chapter as a whole or any part thereof, other than the part so declared to be invalid. [Ord. 786 § 6, 1959].

7.30.070 Water, sewer and stormwater rate reductions for low income citizens.

A. Definitions. For the purposes of implementing water, sewer and stormwater rate reductions under the provisions of this section, the following words or phrases shall have the following definitions:

1. “Low income citizen” shall mean a person who has established Edmonds as their residence and whose total disposable income including that of his or her spouse or cotenant does not exceed the amount specified in RCW 84.36.381(5)(b) as the same exists or is hereafter amended.

2. The definition of terms such as “residence,” “total disposable income,” “combined disposable income,” and other such terms used in this section shall be given those meanings established by RCW 84.36.383 as the same exists or is hereafter amended. In the event that any provision of the Revised Code of Washington incorporated by reference or implication in this definitional section shall be amended, such amendment shall be deemed to be incorporated within or utilized in interpretation of this section.

B. Low income citizens shall be given reductions in the water, sewer and stormwater rates as those rates are established from time to time by the city council:

1. A rate reduction of 30 percent shall be afforded those low income citizens who meet the qualifying income and asset levels established by RCW 84.36.381(5)(b)(i) as the same exists or shall hereafter be amended.

2. A 50 percent rate reduction shall be afforded those low income citizens qualifying under the provisions of RCW 84.36.381 (5)(b)(ii).

3. No rate reduction shall be afforded to any person shown as a dependent on the income tax return of any other individual, whether or not such person resides at the location for which the rate reduction is sought, unless the total combined disposable income of the applicant, along with their spouse, cotenant and all family members shown on the income tax return in which the applicant is shown as a dependent, meets the standards established by this section.

C. The administrative services director is authorized to establish an application for low income citizens rate reduction applications. The application shall be provided without cost by the utility billing division of the city and shall include such information as may reasonably be required by the administrative services director to verify eligibility. [Ord. 3629 § 9, 2007; Ord. 2807 § 1, 1990; Ord. 2805 § 2, 1990; Ord. 2777 § 1, 1990].

7.30.080 Reserved.

[Ord. 2777 § 2, 1990; Ord. 2773 § 1, 1990; Ord. 2440, 1984; Ord. 2198 § 2, 1981].

7.30.090 Penalties.

A. Any person knowingly making any false or misleading statement in any application and/or renewal for rate reduction to any city employee with intent to secure the rate reduction authorized herein shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as set forth in ECC 5.50.020.

B. Further, in the event of any such misrepresentation, the water rate may be increased retroactively and assessed against the applicant and/or premises as may be allowable by law including but not limited to lien procedures. [Ord. 2198 § 3, 1981].