Water Rate Changes and Summer Water Usage

Summer has arrived and with it comes higher water usage.  Typically in the summer months water consumption is higher due to lawns and gardens being watered, pools being filled, and other outdoor water activities.

Higher water consumption combined with the new water and sewer rates that went into effect on Jan. 1, means some residents are seeing higher water bills.

The new rates are based on a tiered system, which is designed to encourage water conservation.

  • Usage up to 6,000 gals/month = $1.18 per 1,000 gallons
  • Usage from 6,001—9,000 gals/month = $1.44 per 1,000 gallons
  • Usage from 9,001 to 12,000 gals/month = $1.83 per 1,000 gallons
  • Usage over 12,001 gals/month = $2.42 per 1,000 gallons

For example, if a resident used 7,000 gallons of water, they would be charged for 6,000 gallons at the rate of $1.18/1,000 gallons and charged for the last 1,000 at the rate of $1.44. This continues until it caps out at the maximum residential rate of $2.42/1,000 gallons over 12,001 gallons.

The majority of residents, 63 percent, currently use less than 6,000 gallons of water per month and should see minimal changes in their utility bill.

Anyone that has questions about their utility bill may contact Dar Hintz at 651-458-2831 or dhintz@cottagegrovemn.gov.

The new rates, including commercial rates, can be found here on the City’s website.

The new tiered usage system is not the only means of encouraging water conservation. The city has a number of initiatives to encourage water conservation including a Smart Irrigation Controller Program (while supplies last), a Rain Barrel Rebate Program, and the Blue and Green Environmental Challenge.

More information about these programs can be found on the City’s website (click the links below) or by contacting Aaron Sather at 651-458-2830 or asather@cottagegrovemn.gov.