Understanding Your Water and Sewer Bill

Water Charges


Each month we read your meter, subtract the previous reading from the current reading to arrive at your consumption for the month. That gives us the total number of units of water used in that time frame. We multiply the number of units times the rate to determine your monthly charge for water. The City of Painesville charges for water by the cubic foot, not the gallon. One cubic foot of water = 7.48 gallons. We bill in units of 100 cubic feet of water, so each unit of billed water = 748 gallons of water.

 

Current Water Rates
Water service charges are billed per 100 cubic feet of water in accordance with Section 933.19 of City Ordinances.
 
Effective Date: Within City Limits: Outside City Limits:
January 1, 2021 $2.87 $4.27
January 1, 2022 $3.01 $4.48
January 1, 2023 $3.16 $4.70
January 1, 2024 $3.31 $4.93

 

Monthly Minimum Charges

    • Most residential customers are serviced with a 5/8” water meter. The minimum monthly charge for a 5/8” meter is 4 units per month.
    • Some residential and business customers who have a greater demand for water volume (like irrigation systems) have 1” water meters. The minimum monthly charge for a 1” meter is 9 units per month.
    • Larger businesses have water meters up to 6” in size with much higher minimum charges. See our rate schedule (City Ordinances, Section 933.19) for more information.

Meter Size 5/8" 1" 1 1/4" 1 1/2" 2" 3" 4" 6" 8"
Minimum Charge 4 units 9 units 12 units 16 units 24 units 40 units 80 units 140 units 200 units

 

Improvement Fee

The water improvement fee is used to repair and replace water lines, maintain the water plant and make general improvements to deliver the safest quality water to our customers.

 

 

Sewer Charges


Sewer charges are based on actual water consumption. We arrive at your monthly sewer charge by multiplying the total number of units of water used by the sewer rate. The minimum charges for sewer billing are 4 units for a 5/8” water meter and 9 units for a 1” water meter.

 

  • Effective January 1, 2021, sewer service charges are billed at $5.41 per 100 cubic feet of water in accordance with Section 937.56 of City Ordinances.
  • Effective January 1, 2022, sewer service charges are billed at $5.57 per 100 cubic feet of water in accordance with Section 937.56 of City Ordinances.
  • Effective January 1, 2023, sewer service charges are billed at $5.74 per 100 cubic feet of water in accordance with Section 937.56 of City Ordinances.
  • Effective January 1, 2024, sewer service charges are billed at $5.91 per 100 cubic feet of water in accordance with Section 937.56 of City Ordinances.