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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:
The minimum charge for the first 400 cubic feet of average water consumption is $23.56. Also, there is a charge of $4.26 for each additional 100 cubic feet of average water consumption. Based on the average consumption of 11.5 CCF, the Sewer User Fee is $55.51 (based on 2020 rates).
Sewer user fee $55.51 = ((11.5 CCF-4.0 CCF) x $4.26) + $23.56
For new residential customers, the Sewer User Fee is based on the average water consumption of 11.5 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.
The average monthly sewer user fee is $55.51 based on 11.5 CCF or 8,600 gallons.
Section 14.3 of the Unified Development Code requires that a property owner tie-in to the sewer system if they are within 500 feet of a sewer collection line.
The Sewer User Fee increases by 4% each January per the Sewer User Fee Ordinance, Ordinance 12647 (PDF). Also, in July of each year, your Sewer User Fee is recalculated based on your average water consumption during the months of October, November, and December of the prior year and February, March, and April of the current year. If you feel that your bill is not correct, you may contact the Service Fee Business Office at 225-389-5378 to request a review of your account.
This is usually true. Since 1999, when the rates started increasing, more and more people find that the sewer portion of their bill is higher than their water portion. This is now the case with most customers. The sewer portion of your bill can be reduced when your average water consumption decreases.
The amount billed for the Sewer User Fee is not based on the current water consumption stated on your monthly bill. Instead, it is based on the average consumption used during the winter months, which are the lowest water consumption months for most customers. 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.
You were notified when you received the final notice which stated that your bill had not been paid in 30 days. The final notice included charges for two months and stated that services would be disconnected if payment was not made by the due date. When no payment was received for this second bill, your utilities were disconnected.
The total balance due, plus the service charge for reconnection must be paid for water service to be restored. The total balance due includes charges for the current month and arrears. Payments must be made in person at the following locations:
The full amount of the arrears must be received by the due date to avoid being disconnected.
If you are connected to the sewer system, you will be billed.
If you are not connected to the sewer system, you should verify that the bill is for garbage and not sewer. The monthly garbage fee is $23. All residents in the parish are billed this fee except residents living in the corporate limits of Baker and Zachary.
You will be billed each month as long as the utilities are connected. If there has been zero water consumption during any month, credit can be given on your account for the solid waste fee charged. Credits can also be given for the sewer fee charged if the average consumption during the most recent three-month period is less than the consumption billed. These adjustments are done upon the request of the customer and will only be given every three months.
We use only the months of October, November, December (of preceding year) and February, March, and April (of current year) to calculate the customer's average. Since these types of systems are generally not utilized during winter months, the use of them should not affect your bill.
The Sewer User and Solid Waste User Fee Regulations provide that when it is determined that a contributor has not been billed for the sewer user fee or a resident has not been billed for the solid waste user fee (garbage), the City-Parish shall back bill the contributor or resident for such use. Adjustments made under this provision shall be limited to 12 months.