New Utility Rates

New Utility Rates
On February 26, 2024, the City Commission approved legislation setting new water and sewer rates that will go into effect on June 1, 2024. Waste Water Treatment Plant The average single-family residential customer’s monthly water usage is 500 cubic feet, or 5 CCF (approximately 3,700 gallons). This means the average water customer will now pay $25.36, an increase of $3.32 per month. The average water and wastewater (sewer) customer will pay $76.65 per month.  View the full schedule of rate increases through 2030 below. This is the first water/sewer rate increase since 2019.

The City of Sandusky is dedicated to enhancing treatment efficiency to control costs while upholding the highest standards for drinking water production, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management. However, with the rising costs of goods and services, it has become necessary to adjust our rates to maintain the sustainability of these essential systems. Water services are not funded by taxes; instead, the expenses are recovered through utility billing. These rate adjustments will enable us to upgrade aging infrastructure, comply with state and federal regulations, and continue guaranteeing the safety and reliability of our utility services. 

Water Rate Monthly Increase (based on 5 CCF)
  2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Dollar Increase $3.32 $3.80 $0.87 $0.90 $0.93 $0.96 $0.98
Percent Increase 15% 15% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%

Sewer Rate Monthly Increase (based on 5 CCF)
  2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Dollar Increase $0 $0 $1.54 $1.58 $1.63 $1.68 $1.73
Percent Increase 0% 0% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%

Total for Both Sewer & Water
  2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Dollar Increase $3.32 $3.80 $2.41 $2.48 $2.56 $2.64 $2.71
Total Monthly Bill* $76.65 $80.45 $82.86 $85.34 $87.90 $90.54 $93.25
*Price applies to average customer

Why are rates going up?
The City has not raised water and sewer rates since 2021. Like all other goods and services, the costs of operating our Big Island Water Works water and sewer services have risen significantly since that time. This is especially true for the chemicals that we use to treat the water at our water plant. Click here to see a graph of how much the chemical costs have increased since 2019. These rate increases were implemented to ensure that our water and sewer funds would be in good financial shape going forward, while also attempting to minimize the financial burden for our customers as much as possible. 

How do Sandusky's rates compare to others?

It's not always easy to do an exact apples-to-apples comparison to other communities, as each community is different. Older communities, like Sandusky, have old sewer and water infrastructure that can be costly to maintain and replace. Also, some communities don't have their own water or sewer plants. That being said, below is a chart that compares Sandusky's new rates to nearby communities and the state average.
Water Sewer Comparison

Where can I get more information?
You can view the full presentation that was given to the City Commission here. If you have questions about your water/sewer rate, you can contact the Customer Accounting Office at 419.627.5893. We encourage customers to sign up for online billing so you can view and/or pay your bill online.