Chapter 14.40
CHARGES

Sections:

14.40.010    Rates.

14.40.015    Customer classifications.

14.40.020    Residential single-unit rates.

14.40.025    Residential multiple-unit rates.

14.40.030    Commercial and industrial rates.

14.40.033    Service to property outside corporate boundaries.

14.40.035    Sewer volume charge based on metered water consumption.

14.40.040    Special sewer rates.

14.40.045    Repealed.

14.40.050    Commencement of sewer service account and utility billing procedures.

14.40.055    Repealed.

14.40.060    Repealed.

14.40.065    Minimum sewer charge.

14.40.070    Repealed.

14.40.080    Repealed.

14.40.900    Severability.

14.40.010 Rates.

Rates for sewer services shall be as established in the schedules set forth in this chapter. The rate per month shall be comprised of a base monthly charge and a volume charge based on the metered volume of water consumption and the nature or strength of wastewater produced. The nature or strength of the wastewater produced will place each customer in one of five sewage strength classifications as set forth in LMC 14.40.015. All billing information will be accumulated bimonthly. Bimonthly billing will be used for all accounts. These rates and charges shall be in effect and assessed beginning January 1st of each year. (Ord. 2845 § 1, 2010; Ord. 2659 § 1, 2006; Ord. 2530 § 1, 2004; Ord. 1660 § 1, 1988; Ord. 147 § 16.01, 1963)

14.40.015 Customer classifications.

Customer charges have two parts; a fixed base charge and a flow or volume charge determined by the water meter readings and the strength or nature of the wastewater the account produces. For the combined flow and wastewater strength charge customers will be placed in one of the following classes, which most closely fits their operation, based on the nature or strength of their wastewater. Charges associated with each classification are set forth in LMC 14.40.035, Table 2.

CLASSIFICATIONS

BOD+TSS mg/l

1. Low Strength (<425 mg/l)

Platers

167

Photo studios

242

Photo finish labs

265

Printers/copy centers

325

Laundromats

325

Tavern – no food preparation

350

Car washes

350

Nursing homes

350

Chemical processors

388

2. Average Strength (<550 mg/l)

Coating and engraving services

425

Funeral services – no embalming

425

Domestic waste

425

General retail, business office

425

Hotels and motels – no restaurant

450

Hospitals

450

Soft drink beverage manufacturing

531

3. Medium Strength (<1,200 mg/l)

Auto dealer, body shops and auto repair

550

Bowling alleys – no restaurant

670

Grocery stores, all fish processing

700

Hotels and motels – with restaurant

950

Commercial laundries

950

Meat distributors and markets

1,050

Bakeries

1,063

Vehicle parts manufacturer

1,121

4. High Strength (<1,500 mg/l)

Bakery stores

1,200

Restaurants, taverns – with grease control

1,200

Bowling alleys – with restaurant, grease control

1,200

5. Very High Strength (≥1,500 mg/l)

Grocery stores – full service

1,500

Funeral service – with embalming

1,500

Restaurants, taverns – without grease control

1,550

Bowling alleys – with restaurant, no grease control

1,550

Candy producers

1,650

(BOD – biochemical oxygen demand; TSS – total suspended solids; mg/l – milligrams per liter)

(Ord. 2530 § 2, 2004)

14.40.020 Residential single-unit rates.

Residential single-unit shall be charged at the base rate per month in Table 1 in LMC 14.40.035. This base rate shall include the first 2,000 cubic feet (20 CCF) of water consumption per unit per bi-monthly bill. Customers will be charged for each 100 cubic feet (one CCF) of water consumption above the first 2,000 cubic feet (20 CCF) at the rate specified in Table 1 in LMC 14.40.035. The calculation of metered water consumption shall be based on LMC 14.40.035. (Ord. 3025 § 3, 2013; Ord. 2845 § 2, 2010; Ord. 2530 § 3, 2004; Ord. 1660 § 1, 1988; Ord. 1631 § 3, 1988; Ord. 1543 § 4, 1986; Ord. 1505 § 8, 1986; Ord. 1222 § 9, 1982; Ord. 781 § 31, 1975; Ord. 152, 1963; Ord. 147 § 16.02, 1963)

14.40.025 Residential multiple-unit rates.

Each residential multiple-unit customer and each mobile home park shall be charged a base rate per month per separate dwelling unit in Table 1 in LMC 14.40.035. The base rate shall include 2,000 cubic feet (20 CCF) of water consumption per unit every two months. Customers will be charged for each 100 cubic feet (one CCF) of water consumption above the first 2,000 cubic feet (20 CCF) per unit every two months, at the rate specified in LMC 14.40.035. (Ord. 3025 § 4, 2013; Ord. 2845 § 3, 2010; Ord. 2659 § 2, 2006; Ord. 2530 § 4, 2004; Ord. 1660 § 1, 1988; Ord. 1244 § 2, 1982)

14.40.030 Commercial and industrial rates.

Each commercial or industrial customer shall be charged a base rate per month per separate water meter in Table 1 in LMC 14.40.035. The base rate shall include 2,000 cubic feet (20 CCF) of water consumption per meter per bi-monthly bill. Customers will be charged for each 100 cubic feet (one CCF) of water consumption above the first 2,000 cubic feet (20 CCF) per meter per bi-monthly bill, based on the customer’s strength classification at the rate specified in LMC 14.40.035. (Ord. 3025 § 5, 2013; Ord. 2845 § 4, 2010; Ord. 2530 § 5, 2004; Ord. 1660 § 1, 1988; Ord. 1631 § 4, 1988; Ord. 1543 § 5, 1986; Ord. 1505 § 9, 1986; Ord. 1222 § 10, 1982; Ord. 781 § 32, 1975; Ord. 388, 1968; Ord. 180, 1963; Ord. 147 § 16.03, 1963)

14.40.033 Service to property outside corporate boundaries.

Real property located outside of the corporate boundaries of the city of Lynnwood that receives sewer service from the city of Lynnwood shall be charged 150 percent of the sewer rates charged to comparable property located within the city’s corporate boundaries. (Ord. 2665 § 4, 2007)

14.40.035 Sewer volume charge based on metered water consumption.

Each customer, including residential single-unit, residential multiple-unit per unit, and commercial and industrial per meter, shall be charged a rate per 100 cubic feet (one CCF) of residential or commercial/industrial use in excess of the first 2,000 cubic feet (20 CCF) every two months included in the base rate. This rate shall be as specified in Table 1 of this section.

To account for summer water that does not enter the sewer system, the volume billed to residential customers in their July, August, September, and October billings, no matter when the water usage actually occurred, shall be adjusted according to the individual customer’s winter usage. Winter usage shall be determined by water used in October through April.

Table 1: Sewer Rates 

Customer Classification

2020 Bimonthly Rate

2021 Bimonthly Rate

2022 Bimonthly Rate

2023 Bimonthly Rate

2024 Bimonthly Rate

2025 Bimonthly Rate

Residential Single-Unit

Bimonthly Base Rate

(incl. 20 CCF)

$95.86

$99.48

$103.19

$107.16

$111.29

$115.57

Bimonthly Volume Charge

> 20 CCF

$3.91

$4.06

$4.21

$4.37

$4.54

$4.71

Special Sewer Rate

See LMC 14.40.040, Special sewer rates

Residential Multiple/Mobile Combined

Bimonthly Base Rate

(incl. 20 CCF per unit)

$74.17

$75.82

$77.51

$80.49

$83.59

$86.81

Bimonthly Volume Charge

> 20 CCF per unit

$3.47

$3.55

$3.63

$3.77

$3.92

$4.07

Special Sewer Rate

See LMC 14.40.040, Special sewer rates

Commercial/Industrial (Based on Meter Size)

5/8 – 3/4-Inch Meter

$150.41

$157.78

$165.51

$171.88

$178.50

$185.37

1-Inch Meter

$192.82

$202.27

$212.19

$220.36

$228.84

$237.65

1-1/2-Inch Meter

$231.39

$242.73

$254.63

$264.43

$274.61

$285.18

2-Inch Meter

$347.09

$364.10

$381.95

$396.66

$411.93

$427.79

3-Inch Meter

$1,166.59

$1,223.78

$1,283.77

$1,333.20

$1,384.53

$1,437.83

4-Inch Meter

$1,475.12

$1,547.43

$1,623.29

$1,685.79

$1,750.69

$1,818.09

6-Inch Meter

$2,188.57

$2,295.85

$2,408.39

$2,501.11

$2,597.40

$2,697.40

Commercial/Industrial (Based on Meter Size/Strength)

A. Strength < 3

Volume Rate per CCF over first 20 CCF

$4.86

$5.10

$5.35

$5.56

$5.77

$5.99

B. Strength = 3

Volume Rate per CCF over first 20 CCF

$7.66

$8.04

$8.44

$8.76

$9.10

$9.45

C. Strength = 4

Volume Rate per CCF over first 20 CCF

$12.25

$13.04

$13.88

$14.41

$14.96

$15.54

D. Strength = 5

Volume Rate per CCF over first 20 CCF

$14.11

$15.10

$16.16

$16.78

$17.43

$18.10

SEWER ONLY ACCOUNTS

Residential

$100.00

$103.78

$107.65

$111.79

$116.09

$120.56

Commercial/Industrial Per Account

$304.75

$316.26

$328.05

$340.68

$353.80

$367.42

(Ord. 3345 § 4, 2019; Ord. 3228 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3223 § 7, 2016; Ord. 3025 § 6, 2013; Ord. 2845 § 5, 2010; Ord. 2723 § 5, 2008; Ord. 2685 § 1, 2007; Ord. 2659 § 3, 2006; Ord. 2530 § 6, 2004; Ord. 1927 § 1, 1992; Ord. 1857 § 1, 1991; Ord. 1743 § 1, 1990; Ord. 1660 § 1, 1988)

14.40.040 Special sewer rates.

A. Qualifications, Categories, and Other Administrative Rules Related to Special Sewer Rates. For qualifications, categories, and other administrative rules related to special sewer rates, see LMC 13.20.080.

B. Special Sewer Rate Chart. The following rate chart is based on income levels (see LMC 13.20.080).

Residential Single-Unit Rates:

Table 2: Special Sewer Rates 

Customer Classification

2020 Bimonthly Rate

2021 Bimonthly Rate

2022 Bimonthly Rate

2023 Bimonthly Rate

2024 Bimonthly Rate

2025 Bimonthly Rate

Special Sewer Rates, Income Level Status A (40%)

Bimonthly Base Rate

(incl. 20 CCF)

$38.34

$39.79

$41.27

$42.86

$44.51

$46.22

Bimonthly Volume Charge

> 20 CCF

$1.57

$1.63

$1.69

$1.76

$1.83

$1.90

Special Sewer Rates, Income Level Status B (45%)

Bimonthly Base Rate

(incl. 20 CCF)

$43.14

$44.77

$46.44

$48.23

$50.09

$52.02

Bimonthly Volume Charge

> 20 CCF

$1.77

$1.84

$1.91

$1.98

$2.06

$2.14

Special Sewer Rates, Income Level Status C (50%)

Bimonthly Base Rate

(incl. 20 CCF)

$47.94

$49.75

$51.60

$53.59

$55.65

$57.79

Bimonthly Volume Charge

> 20 CCF

$1.96

$2.03

$2.11

$2.19

$2.27

$2.36

(Ord. 3345 § 5, 2019; Ord. 3223 § 8, 2016; Ord. 3025 § 7, 2013; Ord. 2845 § 5, 2010; Ord. 2723 § 6, 2008; Ord. 2685 § 7, 2007; Ord. 2659 § 4, 2006; Ord. 2530 § 7, 2004; Ord. 1927 § 1, 1992; Ord. 1857 § 1, 1991; Ord. 1743 § 1, 1990; Ord. 1660 § 1, 1988; Ord. 1631 § 5, 1988; Ord. 1543 § 6, 1986; Ord. 1505 § 10, 1986; Ord. 1222 § 11, 1982; Ord. 781 § 33, 1975; Ord. 152, 1963; Ord. 147 § 16.04, 1963)

14.40.045 Responsibility of property owner.

Repealed by Ord. 3025. (Ord. 894 § 2, 1977)

14.40.050 Commencement of sewer service account and utility billing procedures.

Whenever any new sewer service is made available through extension of the sewer system or otherwise, the monthly sewer service charge shall commence on the first day of the month following the month in which the sewer extension for sewer-only accounts is accepted by the city or the water meter is installed for combined utility accounts.

For utility billing procedures that also apply, see LMC 13.34.030 through 13.34.090. (Ord. 3025 § 9, 2013; Ord. 1505 § 11, 1986; Ord. 781 § 34, 1975; Ord. 180, 1963; Ord. 147 § 18.01, 1963)

14.40.055 Penalties and delinquent charges.

Repealed by Ord. 3025. (Ord. 1961 § 5, 1993; Ord. 817 § 1, 1975)

14.40.060 Delinquent charges constitute liens – Water service may be cut off.

Repealed by Ord. 3025. (Ord. 1961 § 6, 1993; Ord. 780 § 35, 1975; Ord. 147 § 18.02, 1963)

14.40.065 Minimum sewer charge.

For sewer only accounts, for which water is not metered, there shall be a minimum sewer charge equal to the base charge for the classification as specified in Table 1, LMC 14.40.035. Every parcel having a sewer connection will be charged the base sewer rate notwithstanding shut-off of a water supply due to nonpayment or an approved request. The base sewer charge will be discontinued upon capping of the sewer stub in accordance with city standards, and filing application to discontinue billing. (Ord. 3025 § 12, 2013; Ord. 1927 § 2, 1992; Ord. 1743 § 2, 1990)

14.40.070 Sewer tapping charges.

Repealed by Ord. 2241.

14.40.080 Deposit for service and return.

Repealed by Ord. 3025. (Ord. 894 § 1, 1977)

14.40.900 Severability.

In the event that any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or word of this chapter should be held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality thereof shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of any other section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or word of this chapter. (Ord. 1961 § 7, 1993)