City of Springfield Environment News Releases

Posted on: July 1, 2015

Planned sewer rate increase takes effect July 1

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Residents on City wastewater service will see a planned rate increase July 1. The City of Springfield contracts with City Utilities for wastewater services billing, so customers will notice this change on their August CU bills.

Sewer rates are based on water consumption. This is because the majority of water residents use goes down drains and toilets and ends up in the wastewater system. Springfield Cleanwater Services charges a minimum sewer bill and a specific rate for each additional ccf. One ccf equals 748 gallons.

An average residential user with a use of 6 ccf receives a bill for $27.29 per month. Following the July 1, 2015 effective date, a residential user with a 6 ccf use will go to $28.11, or a 3% increase.

Rate increases were approved by Springfield City Council in spring 2011, following the recommendations of a community stakeholder group appointed to consider change to Springfield’s wastewater system, including rates.

The Wastewater Improvements Task Force sought advice from a consultant, who proposed raising the average residential customer bill from $25.27 a month to $26.27 in July 2013. A second rate increase to $27.29 a month went into effect last year. Additional planned increases will raise the rate to $29 per 6 ccf in 2017.

A task force report also included specific suggestions – doubling the system's reserve fund to between $15 million and $20 million, for example – as well as "guiding principles," such as linking ratepayer fees directly to the cost of providing service.

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For more information, contact Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352.

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