City of East Tawas Water and Sewer Rate Adjustments:
Beginning this October, water and sewer bills in the City of East Tawas will include a new line item to accommodate short and long term infrastructure expenses associated with the water and sewer systems. The new line item will be designated the “Infrastructure Improvement Rate” and will be incorporated to fund improvement and replacement costs for the City’s water distribution system, sanitary sewer collection system, the Huron Shores Regional Utility Authority’s water treatment facility, and the Tawas Utility Authority's sanitary sewer treatment facility.
The Infrastructure Rate for a standard ¾” diameter residential water meter will be $4.62 per month for water infrastructure and $21.06 per month for sewer infrastructure. Rates will vary proportionately based on the customer's water meter size.
Each utility bill will continue to include ready to serve and usage charges for both water and sewer services. The ready to serve cost has been adjusted for 2022 to accommodate Michigan Rural Water’s recommendation of equivalency-based rates. The cost for a standard ¾” diameter residential water service will be $9.04 per month for water (a reduction from $12.80) and $16.22 per month for sewer (an increase from $13.53). Ready to serve rates will vary proportionately based on the customer's water meter size. Usage rates, per 100 gallons of water used, will increase to $0.63 for water (an increase from $0.62) and $0.65 for sewer (an increase from $0.62).
Residential sewer customers that do not have a water meter will be charged the base usage rate of 4,600 gallons per month for sewer ($29.90), the sewer ready to serve charge ($16.22), and the new sewer infrastructure rate ($21.06).
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation to help maintain and improve our City’s public water and sewer systems. Information regarding the changes will also be included on the City’s Facebook page and in the fall newsletter. Please contact City Hall with questions.
Public Utilities Comparison
2022 East Tawas Rates
Billing Code Breakdown (example bill)