[Ord. No. 1063 Art. I, 8-5-1980]
It is determined and declared to be necessary and conductive to the protection of the public health, safety, welfare and convenience of the City to collect charges from all users who contribute wastewater to the City's treatment works. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating and maintaining the public wastewater treatment works.
[Ord. No. 1063 Art. II §§1 — 11, 8-5-1980]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
- BOD (DENOTING BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND)
- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at twenty degree celsius (20°C), expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l).
- NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
- Wastewater that has a BOD concentration of not more than three hundred seventy (370) mg/l and a suspended solids concentration of not more than four hundred thirty-six (436) mg/l.
- OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
- All expenditures during the useful life of the treatment works for materials, labor, utilities and other items which are necessary for managing and maintaining the sewage works to achieve the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed.
- Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the treatment works to maintain the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed. The term "operation and maintenance" includes replacement.
- RESIDENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR
- Any contributor to the City's treatment works whose lot, parcel of real estate or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
- Is mandatory; MAY: Is permissive.
- SS (DENOTING SUSPENDED SOLIDS)
- Solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, sewage or other liquids and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
- TREATMENT WORKS
- Any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage or liquid industrial wastes. These include intercepting sewers, outfall sewers, sewage collection systems, individual systems, pumping, power and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions, improvement, remodeling, additions and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide a reliable recycled supply such as standby treatment units and clear well facilities; and any works, including site acquisition of the land, that will be an integral part of the treatment process or is used for ultimate disposal of residues resulting from such treatment (including land for composting sludge, temporary storage of such compost and land used for the storage of treated wastewater in land treatment systems before land application); or any other method or system for preventing, abating, reducing, storing, treating, separating or disposing of municipal waste or industrial waste including waste in combined stormwater and sanitary sewer systems.
- USEFUL LIFE
- The estimated period during which a treatment works will be operated.
- USER CHARGE
- That portion of the total wastewater service charge which is levied in a proportional and adequate manner for the cost of operation, maintenance and replacement of the wastewater treatment works.
- WATER METER
- A water volume measuring and recording device furnished and/or installed by the City of Versailles or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City of Versailles.
[Ord. No. 1063 Art. III §§1 — 3, 8-5-1980]
The user charge system shall generate adequate annual revenues to pay costs of annual operation and maintenance including replacement which the City may by ordinance designate to be paid by the user charge system. That portion of the total user charge which is designated for operation and maintenance including replacement of the treatment works shall be established by this Chapter.
Fiscal year-end balances in the operation and maintenance account and the replacement account shall be carried over to the same accounts in the subsequent fiscal year and shall be used for no other purposes than those designated for these accounts. Monies which have been transferred from other sources to meet temporary shortages in the operation, maintenance and replacement fund shall be returned to their respective accounts upon appropriate adjustment of the user charge rate for operation, maintenance and replacement. The user charge rate shall be adjusted such that the transferred monies will be returned to their respective accounts within the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the monies were borrowed.
[Ord. No. 1063 Art. IV §§1 — 6, 8-5-1980]
Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based on his/her use of the treatment works as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City.
For residential contributors, quarterly user charge will be based on average quarterly water usage during the months of January, February and March. If a residential contributor has not established a January, February and March average, his/her quarterly user charge shall be the median charge of all other residential contributors.
For industrial and commercial contributors, user charges shall be based on water used during the current quarter. If a commercial or industrial contributor has a consumptive use of mater or in some other manner uses water which is not returned to the wastewater collection system, the user charge for that contributor may be based on a wastewater meter(s) or separate water meter(s) installed and maintained at the contributor's expense and in a manner acceptable to the City.
(Reference is made to Appendix A on file in the City offices.) For those contributors who contribute wastewater, the strength of which is greater than normal domestic sewage, a surcharge in addition to the normal user charge will be collected. The surcharge for operation and maintenance including replacement is:
Any user which discharges any toxic pollutants which cause an increase in the cost of managing the effluent or the sludge from the City's treatment works or any user which discharges any substance which singly or by interaction with other substances causes identifiable increases in the cost of operation, maintenance or replacement of the treatment works shall pay for such increased costs. The charge to each such user shall be as determined by the responsible plant operating personnel and approved by the Board of Aldermen.
The user charge rates established in this Chapter apply to all users, regardless of their location, of the City's treatment works.
[Ord. No. 1459 §1, 2-2-1999; Ord. No. 1752 §§1 — 4, 2-12-2008; Ord. No. 1769 §1, 12-9-2008; Ord. No. 1783 §§1 — 2, 12-8-2009; Ord. No. 1814 §1, 12-13-2011; Ord. No. 1818 §§1 — 3, 4-10-2012; Ord. No. 1850 §§1––3, 12-10-2013; Ord. No. 15-007 §§1 — 2, 6-9-2015; Ord. No. 15-014 §§1 — 3, 12-8-2015; Ord. No. 18-013, 12-11-2018; Ord. No. 20-016, 12-16-2020]
Beginning January 1, 2021, the monthly sewer rates for all sewer users except, sewer users located outside the City limits of the City of Versailles, Missouri, are hereby established as follows, to wit:
A minimum monthly charge of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per sewer user based on user's monthly water usage of zero (0) to three thousand (3,000) gallons or portion thereof.
In addition to the minimum charge there is hereby established an additional sewer usage charge based on month water usage, to wit:
Eight dollars and fifty cents ($8.50) per one thousand (1,000) gallons or any portion thereof for monthly usage over three thousand (3,000) gallons up to and including fifty thousand (50,000) gallons.
Seven dollars and seventy-five cents ($7.75) per one thousand (1,000) gallons or any portion thereof for monthly usage over fifty thousand (50,000) gallons up to and including one hundred thousand (100,000) gallons.
Seven dollars and twenty-five cents ($7.25) per one thousand (1,000) gallons or any portion thereof for monthly usage over one hundred thousand gallons (100,000).
From and after January 1, 2021, the monthly sewer rate for residential users located outside the City limits of the City shall be the minimum sum of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) for up to two (2) persons per residence residing at such location and an additional monthly sum of seven dollars and fifty cents ($7.50) per each resident in excess of two (2) residents at such location.
[Ord. No. 1063 Art. V §§1 — 2, 8-5-1980; Ord. No. 1749 §§1 — 2, 1-17-2008]
For sewer and water billing procedures, see Section 700.012 of this Code.
[Ord. No. 1063 Art. VI §§1 — 2, 8-5-1980]
The City will review the user charge system annually and revise user charge rates as necessary to ensure that the system generates adequate revenues to pay the cost of operation and maintenance including replacement and that the system continues to provide for the proportional distribution of operation and maintenance including replacement costs among users and user classes.
The City will notify each user at least annually, in conjunction with a regular bill, of the rate being charged for operation, maintenance including replacement of the treatment works.