[Ord. No. 235 Art. I, 12-13-1990; Ord. No. 376 Art. I, 7-13-2000]
It is determined and declared to be necessary and conducive 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 wastewater treatment works. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of administering, operating, maintaining and replacing the public wastewater treatment works.
[Ord. No. 235 Art. II §§1 — 15, 12-13-1990; Ord. No. 376 Art. II, 7-13-2000]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
- BOD or BOD5 (Denoting Biochemical Oxygen Demand)
- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days of twenty degrees Celsius (20° C), expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l).
- FIXED ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS
- All expenditures during the useful life of the treatment works for items which are ongoing expenses not related to the volume or strength of the wastewater. Such expenses are administrative including costs related to billing, testing, audits, leases, insurance, permits, debt repayment and certain engineering functions.
- NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
- Wastewater that has a BOD5 concentration of not more than two hundred (200) mg/l and a suspended solids concentration of two hundred forty (240) mg/l.
- OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
- All expenditures during the useful life of the treatment works for items which are related to the volume or strength of the wastewater such as materials, labor, fringe benefits, utilities and other items necessary for managing and maintaining the wastewater treatment works to achieve the capacity and performance for which the works were designed and constructed.
- OUT-OF-CITY CONTRIBUTOR
- Any contributor to the City's wastewater treatment works whose lot, parcel of real estate or building is located outside the City limits.
- Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories, controls or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the wastewater treatment works to maintain the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed.
- RESIDENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR
- Any contributor to the City's wastewater treatment works whose lot, parcel of real estate, or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
- SERVICE CHARGE
- A charge for the right and privilege to utilize the City's wastewater works.
- 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.
- USEFUL LIFE
- The estimated period during which a treatment works will be operated.
- USER CHARGE
- The total wastewater service charge including fixed administrative costs, variable costs and the service charge which is levied as necessary to ensure that the system generates adequate revenues to pay the costs of administration, operation, maintenance and replacement and that the system continues to provide for the proportional distribution of administration, operation, maintenance and replacement.
- VARIABLE COSTS
- 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.
- WASTEWATER TREATMENT WORKS
- Any devices and systems for the storage, transportation, 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; extension, improvements, 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.
- WATER METER
- A water volume measuring and recording device furnished and/or installed by the City of Wright City or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City of Wright City.
[Ord. No. 235 Art. III §§1 — 3, 12-13-1990; Ord. No. 376 Art. III, 7-13-2000]
The user charge system shall generate adequate annual revenues to pay the costs of the annual administration, operation and maintenance including replacement of major equipment which the City shall 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.
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for operation and maintenance including replacement purposes as established by the Operation, Maintenance and Replacement Fund and will be kept in two (2) primary accounts as follows:
An account designated for the specific purpose of defraying operation and maintenance costs excluding replacement of the treatment works (Operation and Maintenance Account).
An account designated for the specific purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the treatment works (Replacement Account). Deposits in the Replacement Account shall be made annually from the operation, maintenance and replacement revenue in the amount of eight thousand four hundred dollars ($8,400.00) annually.
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 rates for operation, maintenance and replacement. The user charge rate(s) 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. 235 Art. IV §§1 — 6, 12-13-1990; Ord. No. 376 Art. IV, 7-13-2000; Ord. No. 510 §I, 1-13-2005; Ord. No. 564 §I, 12-8-2005; Ord. No. 608 §I, 5-10-2007; Ord. No. 680 §I, 1-22-2009; Ord. No. 770 §I, 8-9-2012]
Each user shall pay for the service provided by the City based on his use of the treatment works as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City.
For residential contributors, user charges shall be based on water used during the current month. If a residential contributor has not established water usage, his first (1st) monthly 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 month. If a commercial or industrial contributor has a consumptive use of water, or in some other manner used water which is not returned to the wastewater collection system, the user charge for that contributor shall be based on a wastewater meter(s) or separate water meter(s) installed and maintained at the contributor's expenses and in a manner acceptable to the City.
Any provision of this Subsection (B) to the contrary notwithstanding, the user charges for the months of July, July and August for residential City contributors shall be based on the average water usage during the immediately preceding months of October through March, inclusive, if such contributor has used water for said six-month period.
Each out-of-City contributor shall, in addition to the basic user charge for fixed administrative and variable costs, pay a service charge of nine dollars and seventy cents ($9.70) per one thousand (1,000) gallons based on water used during the current month.
[Ord. No. 843 §I, 1-22-2015]
Reference is made to Appendix A of this Chapter, which is on file in the City offices. The minimum charge per month shall be a fixed cost of eight dollars ($8.00) for the City contributor, six dollars ($6.00) for the senior citizen contributor, and sixteen dollars ($16.00) for the out-of-City contributor. In addition, each contributor shall pay a user charge to cover operation and maintenance and replacement costs. This is based on a variable cost per month [three dollars and eighty-eight cents ($3.88) per one thousand (1,000) gallons for a typical residential contributor] times the water use in one thousand (1,000) gallons times a conversion factor of one and twenty-five hundredths (1.25) [rate of three dollars and eighty-eight cents ($3.88) times conversion factor of one and twenty-five hundredths (1.25) equals four dollars and eighty-five cents ($4.85)].
[Ord. No. 843 §I, 1-22-2015]
Reference is made to Appendix A which is 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:
$0.1055 per pound BOD
$0.0879 per pound SS
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 wastewater 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.
[Ord. No. 235 Art. V §§1 — 2, 12-13-1990; Ord. No. 365 §§I — II, 8-12-1999; Ord. No. 376 Art. V, 7-13-2000; Ord. No. 675 §I, 12-11-2008]
Most commercial users shall be billed monthly and all residential users shall be billed quarterly. Billings for any particular period shall be made within thirty (30) days after the end of that period. Payments are due when the billings are made. Any payment not received within thirty (30) days after the billing is made shall be delinquent.
A ten-percent interest penalty on the amount due and payable for usage of water and/or sewerage services during that billing cycle will be added to each delinquent bill. In addition, interest in the amount of one and one-half percent (1.5%) shall accrue on all balances delinquent more than thirty (30) days [i.e., more than one (1) billing cycle] until paid.
[Ord. No. 840 §II, 1-8-2015]
Sewer services shall be deemed to be furnished to both the occupant and owner of the premises receiving such service and the City shall have power to sue the occupant or owner, or both, of such real estate in a civil action to recover any sums due for such services plus a reasonable attorney's fee to be fixed by the court.
If the occupant of the premises receives the billing, any notice of termination of service shall be sent to both the occupant and owner of the premises receiving such service, if such owner has requested in writing to receive any notice of termination and has provided the City with the owner's business addresses.
[Ord. No. 235 Art. VI §§1 — 2, 12-13-1990; Ord. No. 376 Art. VI, 7-13-2000]
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 costs of administration, operation, maintenance and replacement and that the system continues to provide for the proportional distribution of administration, operation, maintenance and replacement costs.
The City will publish at least annually, in a newspaper of general circulation, of the rate being charged for administration, operation, maintenance and replacement of the wastewater treatment works.