Water Rate Information
2019 Water and Sewer Rate Changes
v What is a fixed fee?
o A fixed fee reflects the cost of bringing water to your house, before you turn on the faucet. A fixed fee is charged to cover system costs that occur whether a customer buys one gallon or 1,000 gallons of water. Examples of fixed costs include debt service payments and investments in infrastructure (water and sewer pipes, valves, etc).
o The fee is based upon the size of the meter. A larger meter increases the ability to make larger demands on the system, and therefore, costs more.
v Where do the fixed fees come from?
o Great Lakes Water Authority (water) and Wayne County (sewer)
o These fees are pass-through charges
o City of Livonia – debt and infrastructure cost
v What are Commodity Charges? How did they change?
o Commodity Charges are per unit consumption charges based on meter readings. These charges apply to all meters.
o Commodity Charges per billing unit (750 gallons) have increased from $5.15 in 2018 to $5.19 in 2019.
v What are Large User Charges?
o Large User Charges are per unit charges assessed on water meters 1.5 inches and larger. Large meters have the ability to put more stress/demand on the system. Large User Charges are designed to spread the system cost more equitably.
o Large User Charges per billing unit (750 gallons) are $2.66, in addition to Commodity Charges.
v Why maintain the infrastructure?
o It is less costly to maintain water and sewer pipes than to replace them. Much of the underground water and sewer system in Livonia is very old.
o A car is a good example. An oil change is less costly than a new engine.
v What would it cost to change the size of my meter?
o The ability to change meter size depends on the plumbing within a structure. You will need to have your situation assessed by a plumber to see if the desired change is possible.
o When a meter is being changed to a smaller size, the City will absorb 100% of the cost.
o When a meter is being changed to a larger size, the owner will pay 100% of the difference between the price of their current meter and the larger meter.
o When a meter is being changed that doesn’t require a different size meter, the City will absorb 100% of the cost.
View the 2019/2020 comparison of small, medium, and high usage for Small Users with 5/8 to 1 Inch Water Meters.
Visit the Great Lakes Water Authority.