Each year on the February utility bill, the City resets the sanitary sewer winter usage sewer base on residential properties for the upcoming year. The resident’s actual water usage for the time period listed on the February bill is the sewer base for the year.
This sewer base is set during the winter when all the water being used is for domestic purposes inside the house. That way residents are not billed sanitary sewer charges for water used during the summer on lawns and gardens, which basically goes back into the ground and not through the sanitary sewer system.
On bills from February through the next January, the resident will pay a charge based upon the winter usage sewer base or the actual water usage, whichever is less.