June 1, 2020
NOTICE OF WATER/SEWER RATE INCREASE
The City Commission for the City of Stanton voted to approve water and sewer rate increases for the upcoming fiscal year, effective July 1, 2020. Funds generated by the rate increase will be used for the maintenance, operations, and investment in the utility infrastructure. This notice is to advise you that the rate increase will affect sewer/water charges beginning with your July 2020 usage, which will be reflected on your August 2020 billing statement.
See chart below for comparison of 2019 and 2020 sewer/water rates:
|City of Stanton (Michigan) Sewer||2019/2020 Rate||Increase||2020/2021 Rate|
|Readiness to Serve||$20.92||$3.00||$23.92|
|User fee rate (per 1,000 gals)||$3.43||$0.50||$3.93|
|Additional unit fee (monthly)||$14.45||$2.07||$16.52|
|Flat rate fee (monthly)||$31.99||$4.59||$36.58|
|City of Stanton (Michigan) Water||2019/2020 Rate||Increase (3%)||2020/2021 Rate|
|Readiness to Serve||$19.25||$0.58||$19.83|
|User fee rate (per 1,000 gals)||$3.73||$0.11||$3.84|
|Additional unit fee (monthly)||$13.28||$0.40||$16.68|
A typical household water and sewer bill is estimated to increase an average of $75.96 annually, or approximately $6.33 per month.
We value our customers and are committed to providing the highest quality utility service. Continued below are answers to frequently asked questions and tips for water and sewer conservation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are the sewer rates increasing?
The rate increases are primarily driven by the strategic reinvestment in water and sewer infrastructure, which includes critical repairs, upgrades, and replacements as well as unfunded federal and state regulatory mandates. Increased operational costs are also factored into rate increases.
Currently the water readiness-to-serve generates approximately $105,798 per year in revenue to help pay for capital equipment in the water distribution system. The sewer readiness to serve generates $109,704 in revenue per year in revenue to help pay for capital improvements wastewater treatment facility and the sewer collection system.
Upcoming Water/Sewer Projects
Recently, the City of Stanton completed a SAW grant and Water Asset Management Planning, which identified what improvements are needed for the sanitary sewer collection system, water treatment and the storm sewer systems. Watch for additional infrastructure project details related to infrastructure released on the City’s website at www.stantononline.com.
Water Conservation Tips to Lower Water & Sewer Bill
- Use your dishwasher and run only a full load. It takes more water to hand wash. Instead of rinsing plates, scrape and then let your dishwasher do the rest.
- Don’t use the garbage disposal. Compost food waste or dispose of it in the trash. Neither option requires the use of water.
- Repair leaky faucets and toilets. According to the National Sanitation Foundation, a leaky faucet can waste as much as 1,000-2,000 gallons of water each year. A leaky toilet can waste as much as 500 gallons of water each day.
Switch to low-flow showers and toilets. A low-flow shower can reduce the usage by 3 gallons per minute. A low flow toilet can reduce usage by 2 gallons per flush. As a low cost option, place a 20-ounce bottle filled with water or sand in the tank of your toilet. This displaces the water in your tank and will reduce each flush by 20 ounces.