How To Read Your Water Bill

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How To Read Your Water Bill


Your monthly water and sewer bill contains some valuable information. Do you know what all the information means?

One of the most important items on the bill is the water usage, located in the middle of the bill. This is the amount of water that flows through your water meter and is measured in cubic feet (CF). One hundred CF (1 CCF) is equivalent to 748 gallons of water. The read dates (date on which the meter was read) are located directly above the usage amounts on the bill, and are also an important factor when analyzing the bill. The read dates reflect the number of days in the billing period. All meters are read to the nearest whole number. 

The calculation of the water portion of the bill is dependent on the size of the water meter and the amount of water that flows through the meter, measured in cubic feet (CF). Most residential meters are 5/8”. 

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Here’s an example of how to calculate a bill based on a monthly water usage of 443 CF, with a 5/8” meter:

Erie County Water District A Customers (Effective 01/01/2017, Commissioners Resolution 15-257)

Minimum charge for first 200 CF     = $ 16.25
Next 243 CF x $ 4.33 per CCF           = $ 10.52
Total charge for water for 443 CF =   $ 26.77

Erie County Water District B Customers (Effective 01/01/2017, Commissioners Resolution 15-259)

Minimum charge for first 200 CF    = $ 35.48
Next 243 CF x $ 8.31 per CCF           = $ 20.19
Total charge for water for 443 CF =   $ 55.67
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