Winter Sewer Average
The winter sewer average is calculated using the water usage shown on the January, February and March bills. Sewer billing for the remaining nine months is referred to as the summer sewer average. The summer sewer average is based on winter usage unless actual water usage is less than the average. In that case, customers will be billed for actual usage. New customers receive a default average of 6,500 gallons.
Example: If the average winter usage is 5,500 gallons for January, February and March; from April through December, the bill will be for 5,500 gallons for sewer unless actual usage is less than 5,500 gallons. If 15,500 gallons of water is used in July, the bill will be for 15,500 of water usage but only 5,500 gallons of sewer based on the winter average.
The sewer usage is averaged because a number of customers water quite extensively during the spring, summer and fall seasons. January, February and March are used to average accounts because it is a good estimate of how much water is really used that is disposed into the sewer. Almost all usage is indoors and is being directed to the sewer system.
Lee's Summit Water Utilities has maintained some of the lowest water and sewer rates in the metropolitan area, while still making strategic investments in water and sewer infrastructure and services.