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UTILITY DEPARTMENT

UTILITY DEPARTMENT

The College Place Utility Department is located in City Hall at 625 S. College Avenue. The phone number is (509) 394-8509. With the exception of holidays, regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.

If you are purchasing a home in College Place, call the Utility Department at the above number or come in to City Hall to arrange services in your name. Your first billing will be a prorated amount for the portion of the month(s) that you own the property.

Utility Billing Cycle:

Utility bills are mailed out on the 1st of each month and are due no later than the 25th of the month. Charges not paid by the 25th are subject to a late fee.

Late fees are typically generated on the first Monday of the following month, with final notice “Red Tags” and disconnects the following week.

How your bill is calculated:

Base fees are billed a month in advance and flow amounts are charged for the previous month.

Rates per residential dwelling unit:

Water Base Rate – $30.42
Sewer Base Rate – $41.99
(The sewer base rate includes 3,000 gal of sewer flow)
Water Flow Rate: $1.15 per 1,000 gal
Sewer Flow Rate: $3.75 per 1,000 gal after the first 3,000

Does summertime irrigation affect your sewer rates?

No, summertime sewer charges are capped at your winter average rate. Your winter average is based on the water you use in the winter months of December, January, and February. We use the second highest usage of your statements dated for January, February and March. That is the highest amount of flow that you will be billed for during the summer months when you are irrigating your lawn.

New residents are billed based on the city-wide average for the type of home they have until the next winter calculation months.

Low-Income Utility Discount

Low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a utility discount.  The guidelines are set by city code, which have adopted the Federal low-income guidelines.  If you are at least 65 or are disabled and your income does not exceed the following amounts, you may qualify for the 20% discount on your utility bill:

          Annual Income Limit

Individual                              $14,713

Couple                                    $19,913

Three People                        $25,113

 To apply, call the Blue Mountain Action Council at 529-4980, and ask to speak to Bob Castoldi at extension 129.