Rates & Connection Fees 

  1. Residential Water/Sewer Rates
  2. Non-residential Water Rates
  3. Charges to Establish New Services

How your residential bill is calculated

Residential water use is billed on a four-tiered pricing system, based on annual average (AA) water use for accounts active for one or more years, or 100 gallons a day multiplied by the number of days in the billing cycle, whichever is greater. When applicable, outdoor water use meter readings from irrigation meters are combined with indoor use in calculating the AA. The minimum AA is 3,000 gallons per month.

If you are a new residential customer, your AA will be calculated based on a two-person household with an average use of 50 gallons a day per person. If you have more than two people in your household, you can request an adjustment. To do so, you must complete and submit a water service request and affidavit form to:

Water Business Office
124 E. Hancock Ave.
Athens, GA 30601

All rates below are effective July 1, 2021*.
Water and Sewer Rates & Fees brochure (PDF) 

*Changes to Tier 1, 2, 3, & 4 rates began in 2020, widening Tiers 2 & 3 to allow for more water consumption before entering the next tier.  In addition, residential accounts are moving from a winter average (WA) to an annual average (AA) and will take effect as software updates are completed.  
To provide COVID-19 relief to our customers, a planned rate increase for July 2021 did not take effect.

Residential Water Rate Structure
Tier 1 - Winter Average (WA)AA water use is calculated at a rate of $5.73 per 1,000 gallons.
Tier 2 - Up to 10% over WAAdditional water use up to 10% over the WA is calculated at a rate of $7.16 per 1,000 gallons.
Tier 3 - More than 10% over WAAdditional water use of more than 10% up to 25% over WA is calculated at a rate of $8.59 per 1,000 gallons.
Tier 4 - More than 25% over WAAdditional water use of more than 25% over the WA is calculated at a rate of $14.32 per 1,000 gallons.

Sewer Rates
Residential sewer use is equal to 100% of water consumption$6.76 per 1,000 gallons

Customer Service Fee
Monthly customer service fees cover the overhead costs for meter reading, fixed costs, and billing operations.  
Water Customer Service Fee$4.40
Sewer Customer Service Fee$4.40

Meter Fee
A monthly meter covers the cost of meter maintenance and upgrades.  The meter fee is billed based on meter size.  Residential homes typically have a 3/4-inch water meter.
Meter SizeMonthly Fee
3/4 inch$0.47
1 inch$1.05
1.5 inch$3.29
2 inch$25.55
3 inch$34.73
4 inch$48.08
6 inch$118.47
8 inch$156.82

Irrigation Meter Rates
Sewer:  Because water from a separate irrigation meter does not enter the sanitary sewer system, no sewer charges apply to water consumed through this meter.
Water:  Water passing through a household meter and separate irrigation meter are combined and billed on the four-tiered pricing system.

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