AUTO DRAFT: Automatic withdrawal of funds from your checking account to pay your water/sewer bill is available. Click on the "Auto Draft Withdrawal Form" on the right above, print it out, fill in the information, and mail it along with a voided check to Chikaming Township Water & Sewer, P.O. Box 40, Harbert, MI 49115. You will still get a bill every other month, but it will say "DO NOT PAY" in the lower left hand corner. The amount will be withdrawn from your account on the last day you can pay the bill. That is listed on the bill by "After this date pay____".
PROTECT AGAINST WINTER WOES
One of things that the Water Department really does not like to do is call one of our customers and tell them that they have a leak and that their water bill is going to be several hundred dollars. Unfortunately, this happens every winter. If you are not going to be here during the cold winter months, you need to heat your home and have someone check it on a regular basis or have the water turned off and winterize the plumbing. Winter brings freezing storms that cause power outages which can result in pipes freezing and bursting. If the weather is so bad that our meter readers can't get out and we estimate your bill for those two months, we will not detect that leak until two months after that! This could result in major damage to your home and a very costly water bill. Just because your water is "turned off" doesn't' mean that you don't get a minimum billing.
"ON-LINE” BILL PAYING - MAKE SURE THEY ARE SENT TO P.O. BOX 40 IN HARBERT
Some of our water and sewer customers have started to use the computer to pay their utility bills. This can be a great way of doing your bookkeeping, but it can also become a nightmare. When entering the payee address, make sure that you use P.O. Box 40, Harbert, MI 49115. If sent to our street address, most times it is returned to the bank after bouncing around the Postal System and by then…you're delinquent. Please save all involved a lot of time and heartache and verify that you are sending your payment to the right address. Thank you.
DON’T TAMPER WITH THE METER PITS
The water meters and meter pits are the property of Chikaming Township. Section 5 of Ordinance No. 71 states, "..it shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to tamper with, disturb, adjust, turn off, turn on, remove, disassemble, destroy or damage any water shut off valve, water meter or any other appurtenance of said water system. Any person found in violation of the section of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $100 and/or imprisonment in the county jail for 90 days, or both."
The most common offense is someone other than an authorized Township employee turning the water on and off at the meter pit. This can lead to problems later on, and if the meter breaks, the property owner could be charged not only the $100 fine, but for the cost of the meter. It is illegal for your plumber to turn the water on and off at the meter pit and the property owner will be held liable. Another problem that has arisen recently is contractors running over meter pits and causing damage. Since the contractor is hired by the property owner, the property owner is liable for the damage.
To have your water turned on or off by the Township there is a $15.00 fee. Our meter readers will make note of all improper turning on or off of the water at the meter pits.
WHY AM I GETTING A WATER AND SEWER BILL WHEN I HAVEN’T BEEN THERE ALL WINTER?
The minimum monthly rates are the system's Ready to Serve Charge and you are billed every two months whether you use the utilities or not. Chikaming Township's water and sewer systems must be maintained daily so that it is ready to serve you when you need it. Please don't compare your charge here to your charge in the city. It's like comparing apples to watermelons. The water and sewer systems cost "X" to run and maintain. This cost is divided up amongst the number of units served by the systems. In the city you have many more units so the cost is less. It's the economy of numbers.
Rates and Services
WATER GALLONAGE RATES
The charges for all water used during the monthly period in excess of 4,000 gallons shall be at the rate of $4.15 per 1,000 gallons for the next 26,000 gallons and at the rate of $12.50 per 1,000 gallons for water usage in excess of 30,000 gallons per month.
Min Monthly Rates (4000 gallons or less) by Meter size
(to calculate 2-Month Billing for 8000 gallons or less, simply double the below listed monthly rates)
For Chikaming Township Property Owners
(Ordinance No. 136, effective May 9, 2013)
3/4 inch or less - $32.50
1 inch - $35.10
1 1/2 inch - $39.00
2 inch - $42.90
3 inch - $48.10
4 inch - $54.60
6 inch - as per ordinance
Rates Outside Chikaming Township
3/4 inch or less - $43.55
1 inch - $47.05
1 1/2 inch - $52.25
2 inch - $57.50
3 inch - $64.50
4 inch - $73.20
6 inch - as per ordinance
Additional Meter Services
SERVICE CONNECTION (Effective November 1, 1993) ¾ inch or 1 inch meter - $3,550.00 plus meter deposit. Meter sizes 2 inches or larger - based on time and material costs plus negotiated rate for system capital investment.
Chikaming Township: Single Family $50.00 & All Others $125.00.
OUTSIDE Chikaming: Township: Single Family $125.00 & All Others $375.00
TURN ON/OFF FEES
Courtesy TURN OFF and ON fees - $15.00
DELINQUENT Turn OFF and ON fee $50.00 (total)
METER REMOVAL FEES
1 inch or less - $190.00
1 ½ inch - $210.00
2 inch - $230.00
3 inch - $260.00
4 inch - $295.00
Sewer Services And Rates
Connection Fees (To be paid up-front)
Assessment Due $2500.00
Permit Fee $56.00
GRSD buy-in fee $350.00
*Property owner makes arrangements with approved contractor as per the GRSD Sewer Authority.
SEWER MONTHLY USAGE RATE
$20.00 per month for 1 unit