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Butler County Water System, Inc. water customers are billed monthly for water use, based on a system of rates and charges designed to recover the actual cost of bringing water to homes and businesses.

Your water bill is calculated based on three items:
1. Minimum use charge
2. Volume charge
3. Applicable taxes

A minimum use charge is applied even if you use no water during the month because there are a number of costs associated with ensuring your access to service. These costs include system maintenance, meter reading, water testing and more. The minimum use charge is designed to cover these costs while also allowing a specified amount of water use. Minimum charges vary depending upon the meter size serving the property. For example:

Customer Type Meter Type Minimum Charge per Month
Typical residential property 5/8 x 3/4-inch $16.96
(includes 2,000 gallons per month)
Commercial 2-inch $84.41
(includes 16,000 gallons per month)
Large Industry 6-inch $331.11
(includes 60,000 gallons per month)


For a full listing of water rates and charges, click here.

A volume charge is applied when you use water over the amount included in the minimum use charge. The gallons shown in the schedule below are offset by volumes included in the minimum bill. Volume rates are the same, regardless of meter size. They are as follows:

Volume
(above 2,000 gallons)
Price
Next 4,000 gallons $4.91 per 1,000 gallons
Next 44,000 gallons $4.36 per 1,000 gallons
Next 50,000 gallons $3.75 per 1,000 gallons
Over 100,000 gallons $3.13 per 1,000 gallons


Applicable taxes are added to your bill depending on the type of service provided. A utility tax of 3 percent is added to all customer bills in Butler County. Non-residential customers are subject to a 6 percent state sales tax unless they submit a tax exemption form to the BCWS.
 

Example of Bill Calculation for Residential Customer

The bill for a Butler County Water System residential customer (5/8 x 3/4-inch meter) using 5,000 gallons of water during a one-month period would include:

Minimum Bill (includes 2,000 gallons) $16.96
Next 3,000 gallons (3 x $4.91) + $14.73
$31.69
Utility Tax, 3% ($31.69 x .03) + $0.95
Total Bill $32.64


Example of Bill Calculation for Commercial Customer

The bill for an average commercial customer (2-inch meter) using 46,000 gallons of water during a one-month period would include:

Minimum Bill (includes 16,000 gallons) $84.41
Next 30,000 gallons (30 x $4.36) + 130.80
$215.21
Utility Tax, 3% (215.21 x .03) + $6.46
$221.67
State Sales Tax, 6% (221.67 x .06) + 13.30
Total Bill $234.97

 
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