Your Bill

How is the sewer bill figured?

One of the most common questions our users ask is: How do we figure out what they owe for sewer service? The following is an explanation of how we figure your bill.

Your sewer bill has two parts –

  • The base service availability fee
  • The water usage or volume charge


The water usage or volume charge covers the costs to collect and to treat the wastewater – costs such as operating the treatment facilities, cleaning the collection systems, repairing the facilities and sewer lines, lab work, payroll for the field crew  and other operational and maintenance costs. The volume charge is the same for all rates and all types of systems.

The volume charge is applied to your actual water usage. Each spring your water provider gives the Sewer District the actual water usage you paid for on your January, February and March water bill. These three months are averaged and this average is used until the water usage data is reviewed the following year. We assume that most of the water that comes out of your kitchen, bath and laundry room is going down the drain and into the sanitary sewer system for treatment.  We use winter months to determine your water usage average so you are not being charged for watering your lawn, washing your car or filling your pool. The annual water usage update takes effect on the June billing statement every year. If your bill goes up on your June billing, your water usage went up from what you used the previous winter. If your bill goes down, your usage went down.

The base service availability fee covers the District's fixed costs. These include monthly expenses the District must pay in order to have the service available to you, such as costs to keep the office open, debt payment, payroll of administrative staff, the cost of billing and collecting sewer fees and other monthly fixed costs.

The base service fee varies depending on the level of service you receive. Pressurized systems cost more to operate and maintain. The additional charge on pressurized systems covers the cost of replacing pumps, electrical controls and float switches, cleaning pump screens and pumping septic tanks and other maintenance. The surcharge varies depending on the type of pump and/or the location of the septic tank. The further the septic tank is from a paved surface, the more the cost to pump it out.  There is no surcharge on pressurized systems where the homeowner is responsible for the upkeep of the pump and/or septic tank.  

You can identify what rate applies to your home or business by looking at your sewer bill on the Boone Electric Statement. A list of rates follows:

  1. Rate A: Gravity System – systems with conventional gravity flow sewer mains. Download current rates and more info on Rate A >
  2. Rate B: STEP (Septic Tank Effluent Pump) pressurized systems with septic tanks within 50’ of a road or driveway. Download current rates and more info on Rate B >
  3. Rate C: STEP (Septic Tank Effluent Pump) pressurized systems that do not receive any additional services hence there is no surcharge. The homeowner is responsible for the upkeep of the pump and septic tank. Download current rates and more info on Rate C >
  4. Rate D: SDVG (Small Diameter Variable Grade) systems are gravity systems where each home has a septic tank that is connected to a collection system with small diameter pipes. Download current rates and more info on Rate D >
  5. Rate E: STEP (Septic Tank Effluent Pump) pressurized systems with septic tanks more than 50’ from a road or driveway. Download current rates and more info on Rate E >
  6. Rate F: Pressurized systems with grinder pumps. Download current rates and more info on Rate F >
  7. Rate G: Pressurized systems with grinder pumps that do not receive any additional services hence there is no surcharge. The homeowner is responsible for the upkeep of the pump and pump tank. Download current rates and more info on Rate G >


Download more information on how a STEP system works >

Download more information on how a Grinder system works >


Your Sewer Bill is Included on your Boone Electric Cooperative Bill

For your convenience, the sewer bill is included on your Boone Electric Cooperative statement. 


Past Due Accounts

A 2% administrative fee is charged on accounts that are past due. If a sewer account is submitted to a collection agency, a fee to cover the collection agency's charges will be added to the past due sewer billing.