Billing and Rates

An Explanation of Purpose & Rates

The Regional Water Resource Agency (RWRA) is the local provider of comprehensive water reclamation services for Owensboro and Daviess County.

RWRA’s goal is to provide quality service at a reasonable price to its customers.  RWRA’s focus has been to evaluate and characterize the existing system in order to establish priorities for operation and maintenance.  Efforts have also included the improvement of environmental conditions within the community by reducing combined sewer overflows and by systematically eliminating package water reclamation facilities and failing septic systems.

RWRA’s rates are established upon the recommendation of the RWRA Board of Directors by a majority vote.  Any and all rate changes are approved or disapproved by the Rate Review Board.  The Rate Review Board is comprised of the members of the Owensboro City Commission and Daviess County Fiscal Court sitting as a single body, solely for the purpose of approving or disapproving any and all rate changes. The Rate Review Board does not have the authority to initiate rate changes.


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Customer Service Charge

Effective July 1, 2019, all RWRA customers will be charged a monthly Customer Service Charge of $16.25 which will be based on meter size.  The following is a schedule of values to be charged based on corresponding meter size:

5/8 inch meter $16.25
1 inch meter $16.25
1 1/2 inch meter $36.56
2 inch meter $65.00
3 inch meter $146.25
4 inch meter $260.00
5 inch meter $406.25
6+ inch meter $585.00

Wastewater User Charge

The Wastewater User Charge is $4.390 per 1,000 gallons of usage or $3.284 per 100 cubic feet of usage.  (1 cubic foot = 7.48 gallons)

Environmental Improvement Fee/ Charges

Effective July 1, 2018, all RWRA customers will be charged an Environmental Improvement Fee of $6.350 per customer.  Non-residential customers that have a monthly use above 15,000 gallons will be charged an additional $0.350 per 1,000 gallons above the 15,000 gallons of usage.

Capacity Fee

All RWRA customers will be charged a monthly Capacity Fee which will be based on meter size.  The following is a schedule of values to be charged based on corresponding meter size:

5/8 inch meter $0.53
1 inch meter $0.53
1 1/2 inch meter $1.19
2 inch meter $2.12
3 inch meter $4.77
4 inch meter $8.48
5 inch meter $13.25
6+ inch meter $19.08

System Development Fee

When the RWRA system is modified (i.e., line extension, lift station upgrade, etc.) to accept flow from new customers, a “System Development Fee” will be assessed to those customers.  The current system development fee is $2,178.000 ($13.780 per month) for all new customers.  Properties that have multiple ERUs would have a calculated System Development Fee based on the calculated ERU value.

Assessment Fee

When the extension of service requires the construction of collection sewers within a neighborhood or area, the associated cost of the extension is pro-rated and apportioned to the served properties.  The project costs vary between projects.  Existing property owners, within newly served areas, have the option to finance the assessment fees on their monthly bill or pay the full amount in advance.

Examples of calculation for residential user:

Bill that includes Monthly Assessment Charge:
Customer Service Charge $16.25
Average Wastewater User Charge * $18.44
Capacity Fee $0.53
System Development Fee $13.78
Assessment (Monthly Finance Charge) ** $53.50
Environmental Improvement Fee $7.55
Total Monthly Bill $110.05
* Based on approximately 4,200 gallons (561 cubic feet) of usage.
** Based on assessment of $7,460 financed at 6% for 20 years.
Bill that does NOT include Monthly Assessment Charge:
Customer Service Charge $16.25
Average Wastewater User Charge * $18.44
Capacity Fee $0.53
System Development Fee $13.78
Environmental Improvement Fee $7.55
Total Monthly Bill $56.55
* Based on approximately 4,200 gallons (561 cubic feet) of usage.

The monthly amounts for System Development and Assessment fees will be removed from customer billing once all fees are paid off.

Commercial/Industrial Surcharge Fees

Commercial/Industrial customers with high-strength waste above the RWRA discharge limits will be assessed “surcharges” to offset the additional cost of treatment.  Current charges are $0.220 per pound of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and $0.212 per pound of Total Suspended Solids (TSS)  for strength exceeding 265 mg/l.  Also, for all customers with Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) with any amounts above 100 mg/l, the charge will be $0.221 per pound.

Rate Ordinance

March 2, 2017

Whereas, the Regional Water Resource Agency (RWRA) published, pusuant to Chapters 76 and 424 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the Schedule of Wastewater Rates, Rentals, Charges and Policies set out below; and

Whereas, the Schedule was open for inspection at the Administrative Offices of the Regional Water Resource Agency, 1722 Pleasant Valley Road, Owensboro, Kentucky, for thirty (30) days; and

Whereas, on the 20th day of February, 2017, by Resolution of it Board, the Regional Water Resource Agency gave final approval for the Schedule of Wastewater Rates, Rentals, Charges and Policies for its services set forth herein, to be recommended and forwarded to the Owensboro-Daviess County Rate Review Board for approval; and

Whereas, on the 2nd day of March, 2017, the Owensboro-Daviess County Rate Review Board adopted the Schedule of Wastewater Rates, Rentals, Charges and Policies set forth herein,

Whereas, the Board of RWRA has examined and heard all complaints, and has established this final Schedule of Wastewater Rates, Rentals, Charges and Policies,

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Regional Water Resource Agency:

That RWRA submits approval or disapproval to the Owensboro-Daviess Rate Review Board the Schedule of Wastewater Rates, Rentals, Charges and Policies set forth below for bills issued on or after the dates identified below:

Customer Service Charge

The current monthly Customer Service Charge of $12.95, providing zero (0) gallons of wastewater treatment service, shall be revised to be dependent on the size of the meter providing service, with the 1″ meter being considered as the base effective July 1, 2017. The monthly rate shall be based on the comparison of the square of the meter size to a typical 1″ meter as follows:

5/8″ meter $14.05
1″ meter $14.05
1 1/2″ meter $31.61
2″ meter $56.20
3″ meter $126.45
4″ meter $224.80
5″ meter $351.25
6″ meter and larger $505.80

The base Customer Service Charge for a 1″ meter shall increase by $1.10 annually effective July 1, 2017 through July 1, 2021. Refer to the attached Schedule of Values titled Exhibit 1.

Wastewater Usage

The current monthly Wastewater User Charge of $4.39 per 1,000 gallons of usage shall remain constant beginning July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022. Refer to the attached Schedule of Values titled Exhibit 1.

Environmental Improvement Fee

The current monthly Environmental Improvement Fee of $3.95 shall increase by $1.20 annually effective July 1, 2017 through July 1, 2021. Refer to the attached Schedule of Values titled Exhibit 1.

For non-residential customers whose monthly billable volume exceeds 15,000 gallons, the current monthly volume charge of $0.28 per 1,000 gallons of usage (for every gallon of usage above 15,000 gallons) shall increase by $0.07 annually effective July 1, 2017 through July 1, 2021. Refer to the attached Schedule of Values titled Exhibit 1.

Quality Surcharge

The current high-strength waste quality surcharge of $0.220 for Biochemical Oxygen Demand (B.O.D.) and $0.212 for Total Suspended Solids (T.S.S.) for customers exceeding 265 mg/l on either of these parameters shall remain unchanged. The current quality surcharge for customers exceeding 100 mg/l of Fats, Oils and Grease (F.O.G.) shall remain unchanged at $0.221 per pound.

Capacity Fee

Capacity Fees shall be revised to be charged to every customer of RWRA that is connected to the system. The Capacity Fee shall be dependent on the size of the meter providing service, with the 1″ meter being considered as the base effective July 1, 2017. The monthly rate shall be based on the comparison of the square of the meter size to a typical 1″ meter as follows:

5/8″ meter $0.53
1″ meter $0.53
1 1/2″ meter $1.19
2″ meter $2.12
3″ meter $4.77
4″ meter $8.48
5″ meter $13.25
6″ meter and larger $19.08

The base Capacity Fee for a 1″ meter shall remain constant beginning July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022. Refer to the attached Schedule of Values titled Exhibit 1.

The Capacity Fee for all permits, other than single family residential permits, issued during the transition to the revised charge above should include the following schedule:

Permits issued in March 2017 20% capacity fee reduction
Permits issued in April 2017 40% capacity fee reduction
Permits issued in May 2017 60% capacity fee reduction
Permits issued in June 2017 80% capacity fee reduction

System Development Fee

The current System Development (SD) Fee of $2,178.00 per ERU shall remain constant beginning July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022. Refer to the attached Schedule of Values titled Exhibit 1. Qualified existing users are allowed to finance the System Development Fee at 4.5% over twenty (20) years. All customers requiring a permit for new construction shall pay the System Development Fee as a part of the permit application process with the exception of the financing option set out below.

Nonresidential System Development Fee

New or expanding nonresidential customers with calculated flow of more than 100,000 gallons per day have the option to pay a Nonresidential System Development Fee as follows:

  1. Calculate the System Development Fee that would be applicable.

  2. Option a:

    Establish a cost estimate for the provision of sewer service to the proposed site, adequate to provide required service as determined be RWRA. This estimate is based on the assumption that the System Development lines, lift station(s), etc., do not exist, and the service would have had to be extended to the RWRA system, at a location (in RWRA’s system) that existed prior to July 1, 1997, that is adequate to accept the proposed flow.

    OR

    Option b:

    Establish a cost estimate for the provision of service to the proposed site, based on a percentage of the costs of the system development project, or portion thereof, that provides service to the site or is used to transport the flow. This estimate could be based on percentage of line or lift station used, projected flow during peak and off-peak hours, or any other reasonable engineering estimate for the projected use of RWRA facilities.

  3. Compare the calculated System Development Fee in Step 1 to the applicable cost established in Step 2(a) or (b), and charge the lower of the two fees to the potential customer.

New Construction System Development Fee Financing

Customers that have daily flow of 100,000 gallons or less are required to pay the established System Development Fee outline herein, at the time of permit issuance by RWRA.

Customers that have a daily flow above 100,000 gallons have the option to finance System Development fees on their monthly billing at an interest rate of 4.5% over twenty (20) years.

Assessment Fee

The costs associated with the capital construction (i.e., construction, engineering, easement acquisition, etc.) shall remain pro-rata to all properties within a defined assessment zone when RWRA constructs necessary wastewater facilities in unsewered areas. Property owners may elect to pay the related costs in a lump sum or allowed to finance the Assessment Fee at a rate of 6.00% (set by KRS 76.172) over twenty years. Owners choosing to finance their assessment shall have an apportionment warrant (lien) filed on the benefited property.

Miscellaneous Rates, Rentals, and Charges

RWRA establishes, administers and enforces Wastewater System User Regulations, as required by the Kentucky Division of Water, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Clean Water Act. Enforcement of these regulations can result in charges including, but not limited to, fines, penalties, cleanup costs, repair reimbursements, and termination of service charges. RWRA may establish fees for these and other services and adjust such fees without approval of the Owensboro-Daviess County Rate Review Board. The Customer Service Charge, Wastewater User Charge, Environmental Improvement Fee, Quality Surcharges, Capacity Fee, System Development Fee, and Assessment Fee format require approval of the Owensboro-Daviess County Rate Review Board.