New Rates, Fees, and Bill Changes
(As of April 1, 2021)

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Rates and Fees:

Based on a survey of similar water and wastewater agencies throughout the Southeast, the water and sewer rates that Columbus customers pay are among the lowest anywhere. Understanding the rate you are paying for your water and wastewater service is important.

The information provided here includes the most current rate information available for home and businesses. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Water

You monthly water charges are comprised of a monthly meter charge, which is based on the size of your meter, and monthly volume charge, which is based on water usage.

The water usage is calculated by your meter and is displayed as CCF on your bill.

1 CCF is equal to 748 gallons of water.

This CCF number will be used in both the water and sewer fee calculations.

(Based on Meter Size)

  • 3/4"             $8.62
  • 5/8"             $8.62
  • 1"                 $15.06
  • 1 1/2"          $25.80
  • 2"                 $38.69
  • 3                   $73.05
  • 4"                 $111.71
  • 6"                 $219.09
  • 8"                 $347.95
  • 10"               $498.28

Non-industrial (see note)

  • 1 CCF-15 CCF.......$1.84
  • Over 15 CCF........$2.04

  • Industrial
  • 1 CFF-15 CCR.......$1.84
  • Over 15 CCF.........$1.77

  • Note: Residential and Commercial accounts are classified as non-industrial

    Water Rate Calculation for a non-industrial user based on usage of 4 CCF* (3,000 gallons) per month and a 5/8" meter and calculations for a non-industrial user based on usage of 5 CCF (3,800 gallons) per month and a 5/8" meter.

    Monthly Charge...........................$  8.62
    First 15 CCF (4 CCF x $1.84)........$ 7.36
    Total Water Charge.....................$15.98


    Monthly Charge...........................$  8.62
    First 15 CCF (5 CCF x $1.84)........$ 9.20
    Total Water Charge.....................$17.82

    Large Volume 16 CCF Usage:

    Monthly Charge...........................$  8.62
    First 15 CCF (15 CCF x $1.84)......$ 27.60
    Next 1 CCF (1 CCF x $2.04).........$   2.04
    Total Water Charge.....................$ 38.26


    *Note: CCF = 100 cubic feet; to convert CCF into gallons, multiply by 748.

    In addition to the standard monthly charges for your water and wastewater service, there are other charges that may apply to specific request or conditions.

    Connection Charge.............................$30.00
    After Hours Connect Charge.............$50.00
    Transfer Service Charge.....................$30.00
    Delinquent Charge (Lock-off).............$50.00
    Unauthorized Use (Meter Pulled)......$80.00


    Wastewater

    The charge for sanitary sewer service (wastewater), which appears on the monthly water bill, is based on the actual cost to CWW to collect and treat wastewater from your home or business.

    This cost is applied to 100% of the metered water consumption, with the exception of single family dwelling residential accounts, where the rate is not applied to anything greater than 15 CCF monthly.

    Separate lawn sprinkler meter usage is excluded from the wastewater fee, since this water is applied to the ground and does not go from the pipes in your home or business into the wastewater collection for treatment.

    Residential and Non-residential........$5.34

    Residential and Non-residential
    1 CCF-15 CCF.................................$3.55
    Over 15 CCF...................................$2.87

    Note: Single family dwelling residential sewer charge is capped at 15 CCF.

    Wastewater Rate Calculation for a non-industrial user based on usage of 4 CCF* (3,000 gallons) per month, and calculations for a non-industrial user based on usage of 5 CCF (3,800 gallons) per month.

    Sewer Monthly Charge.................$  5.34
    First 15 CCF (4 CCF x $3.55).........$14.20
    Total Sewer Charge......................$19.54


    Sewer Monthly Charge................$  5.34
    First 15 CCF (5 CCF x $3.55)........$17.75
    Total Water Charge.....................$23.09


    Combined Sewer Overflow CSO Charge

    The charge for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), which appears on the monthly water bill, is for the operations and maintenance of the Uptown Park and South Commons treatment facilities.

    This charge is only applied to customer accounts for which sewer service is provided by Columbus Water Works.

    The charge is fixed based on the amount of water used, with minimum water users (anything less than 5 CCF) having no charge.

    0 CCF - 4 CCF...................$0.00
    5 CCF - 15 CCF.................$4.07
    16 CCF - 204 CCF.............$8.15
    205 CCF - 1004 CCF.........$81.44
    OVER 1004 CCF...............$232.73


    Industrial Wastewater Charge

    Industries that are issued a permit to discharge into the CWW sewer systems are assessed an additional industrial waste volume charge as follows:

    $0.20 Per CCF

    All industries are subject to the following charges for excessive pollutant discharges to the sewer system.

    BOD........................................$0.10
    Total Suspended Solids.......$0.10
    Oil and Grease......................$0.10


    Miscellaneous, Water Tap, Sewer Tap, Meter Stub-out, and Sewer Availability Fees

    Service Connection Fee.........$30.00
    Reconnection Irrigation.........$00.00
    Transfer Service Fee...............$30.00
    Delinquent Charges...............$50.00
    Unauthorized Use (Mtr Pull) $80.00
    Returned Check Fee...............$30.00
    Meter Pull (Return Check).....$50.00

    5/8" Meter...............$1,200.00
    1" Meter...................$1,400.00
    1 1/2" Meter............$2,275.00
    2" Meter...................$2,800.00
    3" Meter & Larger...COST

    5/8" Meter Stub Out.............$300.00
    1" Meter Stub Out.................$350.00
    1 1/2" Meter Stub Out..........$550.00
    2" Meter Stub Out.................$625.00

    Standard 6"...........................$1,450.00
    Sewer Stub Out....................$10.00
    All Other................................COST

    ( SAF Based on Meter Size)

    5/8" & 1"..................................$500.00
    1 1/2".......................................$1,000.00
    2"..............................................$1,600.00
    3"..............................................$3,500.00
    4"............................................. $10,000.00
    6"..............................................$20,000.00
    8"..............................................$35,000.00



    Garbage Charges

    An important note regarding fees for garbage collection:

    Garbage collection services are provided by the Columbus Consolidated Government. The fee for garbage collection appears on your water and sewer bill because the Columbus Water Works serves as a billing agent and collects payments for garbage charges.

    If you have questions about your garbage service or need assistance, please contact the Columbus Consolidated Government Citizens Service Center directly at 706-653-4000 or by visiting their website at www.columbusga.org