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Several factors can impact the amount of water that goes through your meter. Learn about these factors and what you can do to resolve them by viewing the High Bills document.
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There is a stop box key you can borrow from the Water Department, located at:City Hall, Second Floor33000 Civic Center DriveLivonia, MI 48154
It requires a $100 deposit that is returned when you return the key on the same day. If brought back on a later date, a refund request will be submitted to the Finance Department. It may take up to 30 days to receive your refund check. The stop box and meter will require an inspection by our Service Department after the key is returned.
Unfortunately this is not possible due to the fact that the City of Livonia is charged sewage fees by our supplier, Wayne County, for all water units consumed. This is regardless of whether or not they go through the sewer system.
Turn-on/off fees are $26 each if the Service Department has to come out to turn-on/off your water.
After hours, for the Service Department to come out to turn-on/off water, it is considered an emergency. The fee is $171 each time.
If your bill is late according to the billing schedule, your bill may be lost in the mail. Call (734) 466-2278 to find out your balance and due date (we can also mail you a copy of the bill).
Failure to receive your bill does not waive penalty. Unpaid bills are a lien on the property and are collectible on tax roll in accordance with City ordinances.
Readers need to be inspected to:
If the amount of a contaminant exceeds a predetermined safe level in your drinking water, the City of Livonia Department of Public Works will notify the public via newspapers, radio, TV, and other means as soon as possible with instructions and appropriate steps to take.
Some people use home water filters to improve the taste, smell or appearance of their tap water, but it does not necessarily make the water safer or healthier to drink. Additionally, all home treatment devices require regular maintenance. If the maintenance is not performed properly, water quality problems may result.
When the water in the lines is agitated (for example from a large water main flush, road work, or hydrant use) this can stir up sediment (primarily iron) from the bottom of the water lines. In the course of normal maintenance, the hydrant flushing and water gate exercising can stir up this sediment.
If your tap water does appear reddish or rusty in color, it is recommended not to use your water for one hour, and then run the cold water at the lowest point in the house for several minutes. If water is still not clear, wait for another half hour then run the water for several minutes again. Repeat waiting for a half hour then run water for several minutes until water runs clear.
The water is still potable but the discoloration may affect the washing of clothes.
The cloudy water is caused by tiny air bubbles in the water similar to the gas bubbles in carbonated soft drinks. After a while, the bubbles rise to the top and are gone. This not a problem of purity or quality and may be safely consumed.
City delivered tap water must meet all federal and state drinking water standards and is routinely monitored. Studies have shown that microbes may grow in the bottle while on grocers’ shelves. Bottled water is valuable in emergencies or if you want water with a different taste, but it costs up to 1,000 times more than tap water.
Appointments are scheduled through the Public Service office by calling at (734) 466-2655. Appointments are available Monday through Friday and are scheduled between 7:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. and between 11:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. You may request morning or afternoon and you may also request to be the first appointment of the morning or afternoon.
It is the homeowner's responsibility to pay for repairs of the water service line between your home and the City water main. Problems or repair needs with a service line are very unusual. The City of Livonia does not endorse the purchase of any insurance, protection or warranty for the water service line. Residents should use "buyer beware" common sense in determining the legitimacy of any insurance offer solicited by a private company.
For further questions, please contact Livonia Public Service at (734) 466-2655.
Contact Public Service at (734) 466-2655 during regular business hours or call Livonia Police non-emergency after hours at (734) 466-2470.
See our Sewer Backups page.
Pools may be filled with a hose from the regular outdoor house tap, following guidelines about water use restrictions during hot days. There is no separate water fee or water without a sewage charge available. We do not offer hydrant usage for pool filling.
To determine the cost of filling a pool using City water, divide the number of gallons it takes to fill the pool by 750 (the number of gallons in a cubic foot, or one unit of water), then multiply that number by the current water and sewer rate (2021 rate: $5.52).
Gallons ÷ 750 = cubic feet × $5.52 = total cost of filling pool
For a tour of your water bill, please view the Understanding your Water Bill (PDF).
The City is responsible for maintaining the water main trunk, the stop box (which is the on/off control at the property line), and the actual meter. All other hardware, connections, and costs to other items are the sole responsibility of the home owner. These items include, but are not limited to the service line and valves both before and after the meter.
You can contact the Service Department at (734) 466-2655 for any repair needs you have.
The City is responsible for maintaining the main sanitary line. The individual sewer lead as well as the connection to the main line are the sole responsibility of the home owner.
You may have a malfunctioning meter. A malfunctioning meter only slows down and eventually stops; it never speeds up or increases your reads.
If we cannot obtain a read either from you or the meter readers or if you have a stopped meter, our system automatically generates an estimate for your bill based on past usage charges.
You can call (734) 466-2278 for help to address this issue.
Several previous reads being estimated high resulted in a credit on your account.
This means you overpaid your last water bill and now have a credit on your account. You do not owe the city any money for the current billing cycle.
We need access to the meter inside the home. If you get a blue card, you need to make an appointment to either meet our representative or arrange access to your home.
We attempt to read each meter every cycle. Your bill is estimated if we have not obtained a reading.
If you do not have an outside reading device, your estimates may be due to:
If you would like to install an outside reading device, there is no charge at this time for the device and installation. However, based on City Ordinance 13.08.120, if you have more than four consecutive estimates on your account or we are unable to obtain a read from your meter, we hold the right to automatically install an outside reading device. View the City Ordinance (PDF).
The water quality report gives information about where Livonia water comes from, how it is treated and what you can expect. It also talks about the Water and Sewer Board, their meetings and how you can attend.
View the water quality report (PDF) online or obtain a copy from the water billing department located at:City Hall, 2nd Floor33000 Civic Center DriveLivonia, MI 48154
View the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP). If you would like to request extra time to pay without additional penalties, please submit the water and sewer board form.