Wastewater (Sewer) Rates & Policies

Wastewater Rates & Polices

Each consumer of the City's sanitary system, who is not a customer of the City's water distribution system, shall deposit the sum of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) with the City as a security deposit for the payment of City utilities and services used and billed along with twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for administrative fees. Upon any consumer discontinuing the use of the City's sanitary sewer system and services, and any bill for use of any City billed service is paid in full, including the penalties; the deposit shall be refunded to said person, without interest. In addition, this deposit may be returned after two (2) years if the consumer is in good credit standing; having paid the monthly bill for services by the 10th of each month. For prior and current consumers that remained in good credit standing with the City of Hallsville as described above, the deposit shall be waived.

All fees presented to customers of the City water and/or sewer service shall be due and payable at City Hall. All monthly billing shall be due and payable by the 10th day of the month for each month of the calendar year for the previous month's usage as billed. If any bill for water and/or sewer service shall remain due and unpaid after the due date an additional charge of five percent (5%) will be added to the bill. All bills not paid before the 21st day of the billing month shall be declared delinquent, a non-payment fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) shall be assessed to the account and the service to the delinquent account shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed until all past due fees, interest and non-payment fees are paid in full by occupant and/or user of the premises. Any financial agreements on delinquent accounts for extraordinary hardships shall be made for no longer than three (3) months with the approval of the Mayor and/or City Administrator. "Extraordinary hardships" shall mean a water leak, hospitalization, medical reasons or death. Any arrangements for longer terms must be approved by the Board of Aldermen.
 
Notwithstanding the above, not more than once in a calendar year, the non-payment fee shall be waived on any bill for water and/or sewer service which has become delinquent.

Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based on a flat rate depending on which one of three categories a user belongs:  1) residential; 2) low usage commercial, public authority, and industrial, or 3) high usage commercial, public authority, and industrial.  
 
Low usage commercial, public authority, and industrial customers are customers that use less than 12,500 gallons per month.  High usage commercial, public authority, and industrial customers are customers that use more than 12,500 gallons per month based on average yearly water usage for the year immediately preceding.  If a customer has no months of usage for the year immediately preceding, his/her monthly charge shall be based on water used during the current month.  If a customer uses water which is not returned to the wastewater collection system, the user charge for that contributor may be based on a wastewater meter(s) or separate water meter(s) installed and maintained at the customer's expense and in a manner acceptable to the City.  
 
The flat sewer charge per billing period for residential customers shall be thirty-eight dollars and seventy-five cents ($38.75).  The flat sewer charge per billing period for low usage commercial, public authority, and industrial customers (less than 12,500 gallons per month) shall be forty-eight dollars and seventy-five cents ($48.75).  The flat sewer rate charge per billing period for high usage commercial, public authority, and industrial customers (more than 12,500 gallons per month) shall be one hundred and fifty-nine dollars and seventy-five cents ($159.75).  The charge shall be revised from time to time in accordance with Section 710.180.
 
The flat sewer rate charge per billing period for residential customers outside the City limits of Hallsville shall be forty-three dollars and seventy-five cents ($43.75), low usage commercial, public authority, and industrial customers (less than 12,500 gallons per month) shall be fifty-three dollars and seventy-five cents ($53.75), and hight usage commercial, public authority, and industrial customer (more than 12,500 gallons per month) shall be one hundred sixty-four dollars and seventy-five cents ($164.75).  The charges shall be revised from time to time in accordance with Section 710.180.  If the water used at such location is not furnished and metered by the City, City may require the user to install a metering system acceptable to the City and provide monthly readings to the City for billing purposes.  Agents of the City shall be permitted upon the user's premises to inspect, verify, and ensure compliance with this Section by the user at any reasonable time.