Water and Wastewater Rates are Changing

On June 15, the Columbus City Council gave final approval to the new water and sewer rates for the customers of the Columbus City Utilities.

The process of adjusting rates has been a lengthy one, taking over a year to fully develop and adopt. The process has involved our staff working closely with municipal and financial consultants Baker Tilly to develop the proposed rate schedule. Rates were then reviewed and eventually approved by the Utilities Service Board, the Columbus City Council, and the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission (water rates only).

Through master planning and staff evaluations, several shortcomings and improvement projects have been identified that will upgrade, replace or retire overloaded and/or aged pipelines and pumping stations. Water projects totaling an estimated $24 million have been identified while wastewater projects estimated at $41 million are planned for completion. These projects will be funded using a mixture of private sources and low-interest government loans. As grant programs develop from the American Rescue Act, they will be made use of wherever available. More detailed descriptions of the planned projects can be found here.

The following charts show the new schedules compared to the current ones. The 2020 and before schedules were based upon a five-tiered declining scale. The new water schedule has only three tiers and the wastewater schedule has only a single tier for each user classification (residential, large commercial, industrial).

Schedule of Present and Approved Rates and Charges

 Present (1)Effective July 1, 2021 - IURC Approved (2)Phase II - IURC Approved (2)Phase III - IURC Approved (2)
Monthly Metered Flow Rate (per 1,000 gallons)
First 10,000 gallons$1.61
Next 40,000 gallons$1.34
Next 250,000 gallons$1.11
Next 700,000 gallons$1.03
Over 1,000,000 gallons$0.88
First 15,000 gallons$2.54$2.87$3.08
Next 285,000 gallons$2.17$2.45$2.63
Over 300,000 gallons$1.61$1.82$1.95
Monthly Charge (per bill)$0.74$0.00$0.00$0.00
Meter Charge (per month)
5/8 - 3/4 inch meter$2.64$3.63$4.10$4.40
1 inch meter$3.68$7.31$8.26$8.85
1 1/2 inch meter$4.41$13.42$15.16$16.25
2 inch meter$7.35$20.76$23.46$25.15
3 inch meter$29.41$37.90$42.82$45.90
4 inch meter$36.76$62.38$70.48$75.55
6 inch meter$55.87$123.56$139.61$149.65
8 inch meter$77.93$197.00$222.59$238.60
10 inch meter$107.33$282.70$319.42$342.40
12 inch meter$148.76$527.46$595.98$638.85
Private Hydrants (per year)$289.65$133.26$150.57$161.40
Fire Protection Charges (per month)
5/8 - 3/4 inch meter$1.65$2.11$2.38$2.55
1 inch meter$4.22$5.27$5.95$6.38
1 1/2 inch meter$9.50$10.53$11.90$12.75
2 inch meter$16.90$16.84$19.03$20.40
3 inch meter$38.02$31.58$35.68$38.25
4 inch meter$67.58$52.63$59.47$63.75
6 inch meter$152.06$105.27$118.94$127.50
8 inch meter$270.34$168.43$190.31$204.00
10 inch meter$422.40$242.12$273.57$293.25
12 inch meter$608.26$452.65$511.45$548.25
Automatic Sprinkler System (per year)
2 inch connection$29.41$7.41$8.37$8.98
3 inch connection$72.04$21.52$24.32$26.07
4 inch connection$130.86$45.87$51.83$55.56
5 inch connection$199.96$0.00$0.00$0.00
6 inch connection$289.65$133.26$150.57$161.40
8 inch connection$516.08$283.98$320.87$343.95
10 inch connection$802.78$510.69$577.03$618.54
12 inch connection$1,156.00$824.90$932.05$999.11
Wholesale Rates (per 1,000 gallons)
Eastern Bartholomew Water Corp.$1.55$2.30$2.60$2.78
Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp.$0.84$1.47$1.66$1.78
System Development Charges
5/8 - 3/4 inch meter$999.00$999.00$999.00
1 inch meter$2,475.00$2,475.00$2,475.00
1 1/2 inch meter$4,950.00$4,950.00$4,950.00
2 inch meter$7,920.00$7,920.00$7,920.00
3 inch meter$15,840.00$15,840.00$15,840.00
4 inch meter$24,750.00$24,750.00$24,750.00
6 inch meter$49,500.00$49,500.00$49,500.00
8 inch meter$79,200.00$79,200.00$79,200.00
10 inch meter$207,900.00$207,900.00$207,900.00
12 inch meter$262,350.00$262,350.00$262,350.00

Sewage Rates

Present (3)Effective July 1, 2021Phase IIPhase III
Monthly Metered Flow Rate (per 1,000 gallons)
First 10,000 gallons$6.67
Next 40,000 gallons$5.97
Next 250,000 gallons$4.77
Next 700,000 gallons$3.63
Over 1,000,000 gallons$2.81
Monthly Charge (per bill)$4.42
Wholesale Rates
Monthly Bill Charge$4.42
Per 1,000 gallons$3.44
Unmetered Residential$35.37
Base Charge (per month)
Meter Size
5/8 inch meter$6.10$6.65$7.05
1 inch meter$12.18$13.28$14.08
1 1/2 inch meter$25.54$27.84$29.51
2 inch meter$42.55$46.38$49.16
3 inch meter$95.20$103.77$110.00
4 inch meter$164.05$178.81$189.54
6 inch meter$370.60$403.95$428.19
8 inch meter$658.15$717.38$760.42
10 inch meter$1,026.70$1,119.10$1,186.25
Volumetric Rate (per 1,000 gallons)
Residential and Small Commercial$7.21$7.86$8.33
Large Commercial$5.72$6.23$6.60
Driftwood Utilities, Inc.$5.33$5.81$6.16
Property Not Using Water (per month)
Unmetered User (assumes 4,640 gallons)$35.37$39.55$43.12$45.70
Excessive Strength Surcharges
BOD (>250 mg/l)$0.187$0.208$0.227$0.241
SS (>250 mg/l)$0.080$0.132$0.144$0.153
NH3 (>18 mg/l)$1.450$1.826$1.990$2.109
PT (>6 mg/l)$0.933$1.356$1.478$1.567

(1) Present rates and charges pursuant to IURC Order in Cause No. 39425 dated August 13, 1992.

(2) Approved rates and charges pursuant to IURC Order in Cause No. 45427 dated March 29, 2021. Phase I rates are anticipated to be effective August 1, 2021. Phase II rates are anticipated to be effective January 1, 2023. Phase III rates are anticipated to be effective January 1, 2024.

(3) Present rates and charges pursuant to Ordinance No. 18, 2009 dated May 5, 2009.