Water and Sewer Rates

Proposed FY19 Water & Sewer Rates Now Available

The FY19 rates represent no increase in water volumetric charges and a 5% increase in sewer volumetric charges. Scroll down to the tabs below for more information. This adjustment is consistent with the rate study completed during FY2016.

  • Proposed FY19 Rates

  • FY18 Residential Rates

  • FY18 Commercial Rates

Info Session & Public Hearing on Proposed FY19 Water & Sewer Rates, May 14

To provide background, answer questions, and take public testimony regarding the proposed fiscal year 2019 Somerville Water and Sewer Rate Charges, an Informational Session with Q&A followed by a Public Hearing was held on Monday, May 14, at 6 p.m. in the Somerville High School Cafeteria, 81 Highland Avenue.

Proposed Rates     

Pursuant to Chapter 11, Section 11-125 and Section 11-164 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Somerville, the table below outlines the proposed water & sewer volumetric rates for the fiscal year 2019, which runs from July 2018 through June 2019.

The FY19 rates represent no increase in water volumetric (usage) charges, a 5% increase in sewer volumetric charges, and no change to existing base charges in both water and sewer. These adjustments are all consistent with the rate study completed during FY16.

Residential

FY2019 Volumetric Charges ($/unit)

Tier

Usage
(units of 100 cubic feet)

Water

Sewer

Combined

1

0-13

$4.14

$8.20

$12.34

2

14-67

$5.97

$10.46

$16.43

3

68-133

$6.26

$10.97

$17.23

4

OVER 133

$6.50

$11.36

$17.86

(100 cubic feet is equal to 748 gallons)

 

Commercial

FY2019 Volumetric Charges ($/unit)

Tier

Usage
(units of 100 cubic feet)

Water

Sewer

Combined

1

0-10

$4.14

$8.20

$12.34

2

11-100

$5.97

$10.46

$16.43

3

101-200

$6.26

$10.97

$17.23

4

OVER 200

$6.50

$11.36

$17.86

(100 cubic feet is equal to 748 gallons)

More Information

If you have any further questions, please contact the Water and Sewer Department at 617-625-6600 ext. 5850.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact should contact Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected]

FY18 Residential Volumetric Charges ($/100 cu. ft.)

100 cu. ft. = 748 gallons

Tier Usage in Units of 100 cu. ft. Water Sewer Combined
1 0-13 $4.14 $7.81 $11.95
2 14-67 $5.97 $9.97 $15.94
3 68-133 $6.26 $10.45 $16.71
4 134+ $6.50 $10.82 $17.32


On July 1, 2016 the City of Somerville Water & Sewer Department instituted a base monthly water connection charge. This amount is factored based upon meter size as shown in the following table. For example, an account with a 5/8” meter will be billed $5.00 per month or $20.00 per bill based on a four month, tri-annual billing cycle. Commercial accounts will continue to bill bi-monthly, thus the appropriate base charge will be applied twice a billing cycle.

Tri-Annual Residential Base Water Charge (Every 4 Months)

Meter Size Monthly Charge Per-Bill Charge
5/8" $5 $20
3/4" $5 $20
1" $5 $20
1-1/12" $10 $40
2" $16 $64
3" $30 $120
4" $50 $200
6"+ $100 $400


The City has also instituted a base monthly sewer charge of $10 per month, adjusted to reflect the same meter equivalent adjustments.

Tri-Annual Residential Base Sewer Charge (Every 4 Months)

Meter Size Monthly Charge Per-Bill Charge
5/8" $10 $40
3/4" $10 $40
1" $10 $40
1-1/12" $20 $80
2" $32 $128
3" $60 $240
4" $100 $400
6"+ $200 $800

 

It should be noted that the majority of residential accounts have either 5/8”, 3/4” or 1” meters and thus will fall into the lowest base charge meter factor. This charge will remain level over five years. Additionally, they incorporate the American Water Works Association Standard factors to better align City practices with industry guidelines.

FY18 Commercial Volumetric Charges ($/100 cu. ft.)

100 cu. ft. = 748 gallons

Tier Usage in Units of 100 cu. ft. Water Sewer Combined
1 0-10 $4.14 $7.81 $11.95
2 11-100 $5.97 $9.97 $15.94
3 101-200 $6.26 $10.45 $16.71
4 201+ $6.50 $10.82 $17.32


On July 1, 2016 the City of Somerville Water & Sewer Department instituted a base monthly water connection charge. This amount is factored based upon meter size as shown in the following table. For example, an account with a 5/8” meter will be billed $5.00 per month or $20.00 per bill based on a four month, tri-annual billing cycle. Commercial accounts will continue to bill bi-monthly, thus the appropriate base charge will be applied twice a billing cycle.

Bimonthly Commercial Base Water Charge (Every 6 Months)

Meter Size Monthly Charge Per-Bill Charge
5/8" $5 $10
3/4" $5 $10
1" $5 $10
1-1/12" $10 $20
2" $16 $32
3" $30 $60
4" $50 $100
6"+ $100 $200


The City has also instituted a base monthly sewer charge of $10 per month, adjusted to reflect the same meter equivalent adjustments.

Bimonthly Commercial Base Sewer Charge (Per-Bill Charge)

Meter Size Monthly Charge Per-Bill Charge
5/8" $10 $20
3/4" $10 $20
1" $10 $20
1-1/12" $20 $40
2" $32 $64
3" $60 $120
4" $100 $200
6"+ $200 $400

 

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