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SEWER RATES

SEWER RATES – Effective June, 2009
RESIDENTIAL SEWER
     CUSTOMER CHARGE $9.73 Includes 2,000 GALLONS                                                          
     $1.57 PER 1,000 GALLONS UP TO 16,000 GALLONS           
     MAXIMUM $30.17
COMMERICAL SEWER
     CUSTOMER CHARGE $9.73
    $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 city.

Toilet, Opening & Closing Lid

Don't Flush the Floss!
 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 every year.
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 as:
* Meat fats* Food scraps* Lard
* Baking goods* Cooking oil* Sauces
* Butter & margarine* Shortening* Dairy products
Too often, 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.
Home garbage 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.
The results can be:
* 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 first place.
How?
1. 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).
3. Do 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.