Water bills typically contain two parts: water supply charges and wastewater charges. The majority of the costs associated with the water supply are for the pipes, treatment facilities, testing, and people involved with obtaining, treating, and delivering high-quality drinking water. It also covers the costs of constructing, maintaining, and replacing pipes and other infrastructure.
Starting June 1, 2018, Waukesha added a return flow charge to begin to help pay for the costs of building and operating a return flow system, including a 23-mile pipeline, that will restore water back to the Great Lakes Basin. This is a requirement of our approval to switch to a Lake Michigan water supply.
The other half of your water bill is the wastewater charge. That pays for collecting and treating the wastewater you generate and then returning it to the environment as treated, clean water.
Rates for the wastewater and return flow portions of your bill will be increasing on January 1, 2022. Water supply rates are expected to increase sometime in the summer of 2022, as approved by state regulators. Estimates for those rates are provided in the table below.
|Typical Water Charges for Residential Customers