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Water/Sewer FAQs

Did water and sewer rates increase?

On January 13, 2016 City Council approved increasing the water and sewer bill rates.  

Charges shall be effective beginning August 1, 2016 billing period May thru July and all subsequent billing periods.

Water increased 18%

$5.25 per 1,000 gallons, $47.52 base fee

Sewer increased 7.5%

$8.35 per 1,000 gallons, $60.20 base fee

A minimum bill will be $107.72 per quarter

The average resident uses 12.5 thousand gallons a quarter, $277.73

water, $5.25 x 12.5=65.63 + 47.52 = $113.15

sewer, $8.35 x 12.5=104.38 + 62.20 = $164.58

How often are rates reviewed and when will they change again?

The City Manager reviews the department budgets and discusses them each year with City Council.  At the February 11, 2015 City Council meeting, City Council passed a motion to review water and sewer rates in June and December of each year.  In addition City Council shall annually, at the January City Council meeting vote to hold, raise or reduce water and sewer rates.  Rate changes will take effect in the July billing cycle.

What can I do to lower my bill?

Install water-saving shower heads, HET High-Efficiency Toilets and low-flow faucet aerators.

Check toilets to verify they are working properly

Make sure the water level is not too high, the fill valve is working properly and the flapper is not leaking.  A running toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water per day.

Use dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads.

Turn off the faucet-when washing hands, shaving or brushing teeth.

Adjust lawn sprinkling times and days

How do I test for a leak?

ead your water meter.  Click here for the example. 

What does a sprinkler meter cost?

A sprinkler meter is an option and expense of the property owner, for an additional water meter.  The sprinkler meter covers all outside watering, lawn irrigation, outside spigot, and a swimming pool.

If you choose this option you will be billed only during the two summer quarters, for water only.

What does the meter cost?

The cost is based on water meter size.  The city is not responsible for determining the size of the sprinkler meter.

5/8" meter $300.00
1" meter    $515.00

Installation of a sprinkler meter will require plumbing changes within the house.  All plumbing changes and meter installations must be in compliance with the State Plumbing Code and completed within 30 days of purchasing a meter.  (additional information) (photo of meters)

Steps for Installing a sprinkler water meter 
1. A licensed plumber should do this work.
2.  Determine the size for your sprinkler water meter.
3. Have the plumber pull the plumbing permitfrom Bloomfield Twp. 
4. Call City Hall to make arrangements to pickup the meter.
5. Have the meter installed and plumbing changes made.
6. Within 30 days of purchasing the meter Call Bloomfield Twp. for a plumbing    inspection 248.594.2818.   
7. Once the inspection is approved, call City Hall 248.682.1440 to schedule for  the DPW to certify/seal the water meter. This must be done within 30 days of    purchasing the meter.