SEWER RATES – Effective June, 2009
CUSTOMER CHARGE $9.73 Includes 2,000 GALLONS
$1.57 PER 1,000 GALLONS UP TO 16,000 GALLONS
$1.57 CENTS PER 1,000 GALLONS UP TO 200,000 GALLONS
83 CENTS PER 1,000 GALLONS OVER 200,000 GALLONS
SOLID WASTE RATES – Effective July 2015
Sewage disposal is provided by a system of sewer pipes and lift stations
for certain parts of the city. All sewage flows to a series of five total retention lagoon ponds located northeast of the
| There are many products
in your home that should be disposed of in the trash and not flushed down your toilet. Grease, fats and anything that is not
biodegradable should be put in the trash. Specifically anything containing plastic, but also diapers, latex products, sanitary
napkins and even tissue! You might be surprised to learn that tissue shouldn't be put in your toilet because it is not designed
to break down like toilet paper. |
During a recent tour of another city's facilities, an employee of the District Maintenance
Department demonstrated on of the problems dental floss can create. He pulled up a submersible pump that is used to move waste
from a gravity line to a pressure line, and it was completely entangled in dental floss. He then had to use a knife to cut
away the floss. The District Manager explained this is part of the reason why the District spends a lot of money on maintenance
So, remember, if you want to help us keep your sewer rates as low as possible, after flossing your teeth-"toss
the floss, don't flush the floss".
Fats, Oils and Grease aren't just bad for your arteries and your waistline;
they're bad for sewers, too.
|Most of us know grease as the byproduct of cooking. Grease is found in such things
|* Meat fats||* Food scraps||* Lard|
goods||* Cooking oil||*
|* Butter & margarine||* Shortening||* Dairy products|
grease is washed into the plumbing system, generally through the kitchen sink and dishwasher. Grease sticks to the sides of
sewer pipes (both on your property and in the streets). Over time, the grease can build up and block the entire pipe.|
disposals do not keep grease out of the plumbing system. These units only shred solid material into smaller pieces and do
not prevent grease from going down the drain.|
|Commercial additives, including detergents that claim
to dissolve grease, usually pass grease down the line and cause problems in other areas.|
|* Raw sewage overflowing in your home or your neighbor's home;|
* An expensive and unpleasant
cleanup that often must be paid for by you, the homeowner;
* Raw sewage overflowing into parks, yards, and streets;
* Contact with potential disease-causing organisms; and
* An increase in operation and maintenance
costs for the District, which causes higher sewer bills for customers.
|The easiest way to
solve the grease problem and help prevent overflows of raw sewage is to keep this material out of the sewer system in the
Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.|
2. Scrape grease and food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pans,
utensils, and grills and cooking surfaces into a can or the trash for disposal (or recycling where available).
not put grease down garbage disposals. Put baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and empty
the drain baskets/strainers into the trash for disposal.
4. Speak with your friends and neighbors about the problem of
grease in the sewer system and how to keep it out. Call if you have any questions.