How is my Sewer User Fee calculated?

The Sewer User Fee is recalculated in July of each year and is based on the customer’s average water consumption during the months of October, November, and December of the prior year and February, March, and April of the current year. Each July, residents are mailed notices explaining how the fee is computed. Approximately 93% of our customers are billed by Baton Rouge Water Company. For these customers, the Sewer User Fee is calculated by computing the average water consumption in 100 cubic feet (CCF).  An example of the sewer user fee for customers billed by Baton Rouge Water Company is as follows:

PeriodWater Consumption Billed
October 20229.0 CCF
November 20228.5 CCF
December 20227.5 CCF
February 20238.0 CCF
March 202310.0 CCF
April 202310.4 CCF
TOTAL53.4 CCF
Average (53.4/6 months)8.9 CCF

The minimum charge for the first 400 cubic feet of average water consumption is $27.52.  Also, there is a charge of $4.79 for each additional 100 cubic feet of average water consumption.  Based on the average consumption of 8.9 CCF, the Sewer User Fee is $50.99 (based on 1/1/2023 effective rates).

Example

Sewer user fee $50.99  =  ((8.9 CCF-4.0 CCF) x $4.79) + $27.52

For new residential customers, the Sewer User Fee is based on the average water consumption of 8.9 CCF. Adjustments are made after three full months of water consumption is available. A credit is issued to customers with water consumption below the average and the monthly Sewer User Fee is adjusted.

For existing residential customers, adjustments to the Sewer User Fee can be made if the average water consumption for the most recent six months is lower than the consumption being billed. Customers may call the Service Fee Business Office at 225-389-5378 to request a review of their account or send an email to financeinternetaccount@brla.gov.

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1. How is my Sewer User Fee calculated?
2. What is the average cost a resident can expect to pay for their monthly sewer bill?
3. Is it mandatory for residential customers to tie-in to the sewer system?
4. My sewer bill increased. Why?
5. My sewer bill is higher than my water bill. Why?
6. The amount of water which I am currently using is much less than the amount billed for the sewer user fee. How is this possible?
7. My solid waste (garbage) bill increased. Why?
8. My household generates a significant amount of garbage. Can I get an extra cart?
9. I have an extra cart and I paid a $60 fee. Will I be charged the monthly extra cart fee?
10. My water has been disconnected. Why wasn't I notified before it was disconnected?
11. How do I get my water reconnected?
12. I paid my bill, but my water was still disconnected. Why?
13. I received a sewer user fee bill, but I own a private well. Why am I being billed?
14. I am being billed sewer and garbage user fees on a home that is vacant. Why?
15. I have a swimming pool (sprinkler system, etc.) and most of my water does not go into the sewer system. Why do I have to pay such high sewer user fee bills?
16. I received a statement back-billing me for sewer and solid waste (garbage) user fees that I was never billed for. Why do I have to pay for the error?