2022 Water and Sewer Rate Changes

Changes to the water and sewer portions of your utility bill will begin July 1, 2022. The bill you receive in late August will be the first bill to reflect those changes. These changes affect both the fixed fee you pay for water availability and the variable fee you pay based on how much water you use. Single-family homeowners will see the smallest change under the new structure.

Scroll down below the charts to read all the details. You'll find a Question-and-Answer article, slides with graphics from the Open Houses, and specifics for landlords and business owners. 

Water Rates for Average Single-Family Home

  Old New Change
Availability Charge $13.96 $20.00 $6.04
Commodity Charge (per 100 cubic feet) $3.77 $3.78 $0.01

Sewer Rates for Average Single-Family Home

  Old New Change
Availability Charge $16.07 $19.00 $2.93
Commodity Charge (per 100 cubic feet) $4.78 $3.64 ($1.14)

Availability Charge By Meter Size (Water)

Meter Size (inches) Old New
5/8 $13.96 $20.00
3/4 $13.96 $22.00
1 $18.05 $54.00
1.5 $33.36 $106.00
2 $52.14 $216.00
3 $100.23 $494.00
4 $157.88 $746.00
6 $315.72 $2,190.00

Availability Charge By Meter Size (Sewer)

Meter Size (inches) Old New
5/8 $16.07 $19.00
3/4 $16.07 $20.90
1 $16.07 $51.30
1.5 $16.07 $100.70
2 $16.07 $205.20
3 $16.07 $469.30
4 $16.07 $708.70
6 $16.07 $2,080.50

2021 Rate Comparison with Other Cities (3,950 gallons per month)

City Water Sewer Total
Otsego $13.96 $33.66 $47.62
Owatonna $23.40 $28.81 $52.21
Stillwater $31.50 $23.47 $54.97
Red Wing (Old) $33.87 $41.31 $75.18
Red Wing (New) $42.44 $40.79 $83.23
Willmar $27.24 $58.03 $85.27
Winona $23.45 $65.25 $88.70
Marshall $48.51 $42.87 $91.38
Fairmont $67.27 $40.05 $107.32
St. Peter $46.78 $65.05 $111.83
  1. Single-Family Residential
  2. Multi-Family Residential
  3. Non-Residential

Owners of single-family residential properties will notice the least change.

For more than 20 years, property owners of single-family homes have paid more percentage-wise for the water availability portion of their bill than some of the larger commercial businesses and owners of multi-family housing units. 

City Councils years ago created that policy, and since then, the system has worked in favor of some and not for others. The change now puts everyone on a more level playing field, and everyone is paying a more equal amount comparably. Here are some example charges based on meter size and usage.

Meter SizeMonthly Usage Cubic FeetWater (Old)Water (New)Sewer (Old)Sewer (New)
5/8"200$21.50$27.56$25.63$26.28
3/4"600$36.58$44.68$44.75$42.74
5/8"
800$44.12$50.24$54.31$48.12
1"1,000$55.75$91.80$63.87$87.70