Utility bills are computed based on water usage for a 2 month period. Usage is billed in units of 100 cubic feet, equal to 748 gallons of water. If concerned about a high usage reading, first check for a dripping faucet or running toilet. Also check the meter for movement when no water is being used.
The easiest and quickest way to do this is to take a reading before leaving and upon returning to the house. A period of at least 2 hours should be enough to verify if you have a problem. The water department is willing to come to your home by appointment to check for a leak and test your meter. Set up an appointment by
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The current water rate is $9.57 per unit (100 cubic feet). The current sewer rate is $1.79 per unit (100 cubic feet). The Board reviews water and sewer rates annually or when there is a rate increase from McCook, whichever is more frequent.
The Village operates its Water and Sewer Fund completely from user fees for service. The Water and Sewer Fund receives no property tax revenue. User fees must cover the cost of operations including the cost of water, personnel, and debt service.
Over the past 10 years, operating expenses have increased 52% while offsetting revenues have only increased 36%, primarily because the cost of water has doubled.
The Village has used operational surplus to fund capital improvements such as the First Division Sewer Separation Project on a cash basis. The projects outlined in the Village’s 5 year Capital Improvement Plan will decrease the fund balance in the Water and Sewer Fund to below minimum levels by 2021. Imposing the $30 bi-monthly Water & Sewer Infrastructure Fee will allow the Village to fund current projects as well as other much needed improvements to our aging water and sewer systems.
Your water bill is broken down as follows:
- Water purchases covers actual water cost
- Water operations covers cost of operating the water distribution system
- Water capital covers costs of capital improvements such as water line replacements and improvements to the distribution and storage systems
- Sewer operations covers the cost of operating the waste water system
- Sewer capital covers the cost of capital improvements such as line replacements and major repairs
In order to maintain the water and sewer lines in working order for all residents and business owners in the village, the village charges each account a minimum bi-monthly charge of $56.80 (5 units) to remain connected to the village infrastructure.