Chapter 13.16
WATER AND SEWER RATES AND CHARGES

Sections:

13.16.010    Water/sewer fund fees.

13.16.020    Residential water rates.

13.16.030    Unmetered residential water service rate.

13.16.045    Additional residential water charge for outside town limits.

13.16.050    Commercial water rates.

13.16.055    Additional commercial water charge for outside town limits.

13.16.060    Sale of unmetered water from standpipe or hydrant.

13.16.070    Flat rate for water use during winter.

13.16.080    Residential sewer rates.

13.16.090    Commercial sewer rates.

13.16.095    Additional charge for sewer service.

13.16.100    Winter charges.

13.16.110    Liability for damage to system.

13.16.130    Unpaid balances to be obligation of property owner.

13.16.140    Billing--Due date--Owner responsibility.

13.16.150    Enforcement of delinquencies.

13.16.010 Water/sewer fund fees.

See Section 13.20.010.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 334 §1(part), 1998;  Ord. 146-B §2, 1984)

13.16.020 Residential water rates.

The following shall be the monthly rate charged for water in single-family dwellings and each unit of a duplex or apartment:

Amount Used

Water Rate

0--1,000 cubic feet

Flat rate as listed in Section 13.16.040*

1,001--50,000 cubic feet

As listed in Section 13.16.040*

50,001 cubic feet and over

As listed in Section 13.16.040*

(Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 308 (part), 1996;  Ord. 296 (part), 1995:  Ord. 290 (part), 1995:  Ord. 215-B (part), 1989:  Ord. 159-B (part), 1985:  Ord. 153-B §1(A), 1984)

*  Code reviser*’s note:  Ord. 580 repeals Section 13.16.040. Contact the city for information concerning water rates.

13.16.030 Unmetered residential water service rate.

Unmetered residential water services shall be based upon the schedule listed in Section 13.16.040*.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 308 (part), 1996;  Ord. 296 (part), 1995:  Ord. 290 (part), 1995:  Ord. 215-B (part), 1989:  Ord. 153-B §1(B), 1984)

*  Code reviser*’s note:  Ord. 580 repeals Section 13.16.040. Contact the city for information concerning water rates.

13.16.045 Additional residential water charge for outside town limits.

In addition to the base water rate set in Section 13.16.040*, outside town limits residential water accounts will be charged an additional two dollars per connection per month.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010)

*  Code reviser*’s note:  Ord. 580 repeals Section 13.16.040. Contact the city for information concerning water rates.

13.16.050 Commercial water rates.

A.  The following shall be used as follows:

Amount Used

Water Rate

0--1,000 cubic feet

Flat rate as listed in Section 13.16.040*

1,001--50,000 cubic feet

As listed in Section 13.16.040*

50,001 cubic feet and over

As listed in Section 13.16.040*

B.  Retail sales and services, schools, day care centers, churches, public halls, office spaces.

C.  Commercial base rates shall be the same as residential as listed in Section 13.16.040*.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  amended during 1997 supplement;  Ord. 308 (part), 1996; amended during 6/96 supplement;  Ord. 296 (part), 1995;  Ord. 290 (part), 1995;  Ord. 215-B (part), 1989:  Ord. 159-B (part), 1985;  Ord. 153-B §2, 1984)

*  Code reviser*’s note:  Ord. 580 repeals Section 13.16.040. Contact the city for information concerning water rates.

13.16.055 Additional commercial water charge for outside town limits.

In addition to the base water rate set in Section 13.16.050, outside town limits commercial water accounts will be charged an additional two dollars per connection per month.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010)

13.16.060 Sale of unmetered water from standpipe or hydrant.

In case of sales of water from any standpipe or hydrant, the charges therefor shall be at the rate of twenty-five dollars for the first four thousand gallons and five dollars per one thousand gallons or portion thereof over four thousand gallons.  Any person purchasing water from any standpipe or fire hydrant shall submit a daily signed report to the town clerk stating the amount of water purchased and stating the name and address to whom the bill for such water is to be rendered.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 153-B §3, 1984)

13.16.070 Flat rate for water use during winter.

From November through February, when it is not feasible or desirable to read the water meters, the flat rate listed in Section 13.16.040* will be used.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 308 (part), 1996;  Ord. 296 (part), 1995:  Ord. 290 (part), 1995:  Ord. 215-B (part), 1989:  Ord. 153-B §4, 1984)

*  Code reviser*’s note:  Ord. 580 repeals Section 13.16.040. Contact the city for information concerning water rates.

13.16.080 Residential sewer rates.

The residential sewer rates will be as follows:

Base rate

$44.64

As of January 1, 2013, the sewer base rate will increase to forty-four dollars and sixty-four cents per account.  Sewer improvement reserve, of twenty-four dollars, will decease as of January 1, 2013.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 308 (part), 1996;  Ord. 296 (part), 1995:  Ord. 290 (part), 1995:  Ord. 215-B (part), 1989:  Ord. 183-B (part), 1986:  Ord. 159-B (part), 1985:  Ord. 153-B §7(A), 1984)

13.16.090 Commercial sewer rates.

Commercial sewer rates shall be one hundred percent of the water rates as listed in Section 13.16.050.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 380, 2001:  Ord. 153-B §8, 1984)

13.16.095 Additional charge for sewer service.

A.  From and after January 1, 1997, until all loans on the sewer system are paid in full and a subsequent ordinance is passed by the council changing the sewer rates, all customers shall pay an additional nine dollars and sixty cents per account per month in addition to the basic fee.  This additional charge is caused by the requirement of the Department of Ecology to upgrade the current sewer system.  Beginning January 1, 2004, the council is reducing the sewer rate fee by three dollars and sixty cents per account per month.  This reduction brings the sewer loan rate fee to six dollars per account per month.  This loan fee of six dollars per account per month is assessed to every property that is physically connected to the town’s main sewer lines regardless of usage.

B.  From and after January 1, 2013, until the public works trust fund (PWTF) loan No. PR08-951-087 is paid in full and a subsequent ordinance is passed by the council changing the sewer rates, all customers shall pay an additional five dollars per account per month and is assessed to every property that is physically connected to the town’s main sewer lines regardless of usage.  This additional loan charge is caused by the Department of Ecology to upgrade the sewer lagoons to a wastewater treatment plant.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 459 §1, 2007:  Ord. 367 §2(part), 2001;  Ord. 310 §1, 1996)

13.16.100 Winter charges.

All metered accounts that are turned off for a period exceeding one billing month or have the meter removed shall pay the minimum of twenty-five dollars to the water/sewer fund to have the service turned on.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 153-B §9, 1984)

13.16.110 Liability for damage to system.

Any winter damage to a seasonal meter is the liability of the owner unless the owner requests removal by the city, for which there is a charge of twenty-five dollars.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 153-B §10, 1984)

13.16.130 Unpaid balances to be obligation of property owner.

Any unpaid balances due for sewer and water rental property shall be the obligation of the property owner and such services shall not be resumed until the balance is paid in full by such owner.  The bill shall constitute a lien on such property.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 20-B §2, 1971)

13.16.140 Billing--Due date--Owner responsibility.

A.  All charges for water/sewer service shall be due and payable at the office of the town clerk on or before the twentieth day after the bill has been issued therefor, and shall become delinquent after such twentieth day.  Domestic water/sewer bills shall cover periods of one month and shall be issued upon a single statement where feasible.  All payments and collections for water service shall be paid into the water/sewer revenue fund.

B.  Bills for water/sewer service shall be sent to the owner of the property.  The owner of the property is responsible for payment of bills.   (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 153-B §5, 1984)

13.16.150 Enforcement of delinquencies.

A.  All charges provided herein shall be collectible in every manner allowed by law, and shall become a lien on such property in the manner provided by law.  A five-dollar delinquent charge shall be assessed after the twentieth of the month.

B.  As an additional, concurrent method of enforcement of the lien of the town for water charges, the superintendent is authorized and directed at the end of ten days after the date of the first delinquency of any such charges to cut off the water service from the premises where such services are provided until such time as all such charges, together with the additional sum of twenty-five or seventy-five dollars for turning the water on, shall have been paid.  (Ord. 542 §1(part), 2012:  Ord. 513 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 501 §1(part), 2010:  Ord. 482 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 464 §1(part), 2008:  Ord. 153-B §6, 1984)