Water Rates

Water rates necessary to provide sufficient funds to operate the city's waterworks and water facilities

The Board of Alderman of the City of St. Louis is the party responsible for setting the rates for the City of St. Louis Water Division. This legislative body, consisting of alderman at large from each of the city's 28 wards, must vote to adjust rates whenever necessary.

In 2010, it was found, determined, and declared by the Board of Alderman of the City of St. Louis that increases in certain water rates were necessary to provide revenues sufficient for the maintenance and operation of the City's waterworks and water facilities.

City Ordinance #68694 was passed by the Board of Alderman and approved by the Mayor on June 25, 2010. This ordinance established an increase in water rates that was necessary to provide sufficient funds to operate the city's waterworks and water facilities. 

NOTE: Basic information regarding water rates, as discussed in City Ordinance #68694, is included below. For more in-depth information see the full text of City Ordinance #67919

Official printed copies of St. Louis City Ordinances may be obtained from the Register's Office at St. Louis City Hall.

Section Five. Flat Rates.

(a)Flat rate for domestic use.

For the use of water for domestic family residence, flat or apartment purposes, for periods of three months in advance:

  • Room charge, each: $3.76
  • Water closet, each: $14.72
  • Baths, each: $12.35
  • Shower, separate from bath, each: $12.35

Sprinkling charge of $0.25 per front foot shall be assessed each three month billing period for lawn sprinkling and other outside uses.

(b)Temporary use of flat rate.

In those cases where users are not eligible for flat rates as enumerated in Section 23.16.060, Revised Code, and where existing water service is unmetered as of the first day of the First Year, it shall be the duty of the Water Commissioner, as soon as possible, to cause the installation or setting of the required meter. In the interim, bills shall be rendered to these customers on the basis of the appropriate flat rates imposed by this ordinance.

(c)Swimming pool charge.

1. A flat water rate shall be applied where a swimming pool, pond or other pool is found on the premises having a capacity of more than one hundred (100) cubic feet and less than two thousand (2,000) cubic feet which are not metered under Section 23.16.060, Revised Code. Said flat rate shall be payable for periods of three (3) months in advance as follows:

  • Capacity of more than 100 but less than 501 cubic feet: $23.15
  • Capacity of more than 501 but less than 1,001 cubic feet: $32.40
  • Capacity of more than 1,001 but less than 1,501 cubic feet: $41.68
  • Capacity of more than 1,501 but less than 2,000 cubic feet: $50.93

2. After paying the flat rates imposed under the foregoing Subsection (c)1. or Subsection 4(d) of Ordinance 66076, or both, for a minimum of one (1) year, the user making said payments shall have the option to pay at meter rates as provided by Chapter 23.18, Revised Code. Such options shall be exercised in writing on forms supplied by the Water Commissioner. The user shall provide for the meter by having a meter box and set up installed on the service in accordance with Section 23.04.210, Revised Code, at the user's own expense.

Section Six. Metered Rates.

(a)Water furnished to all metered connections shall be assessed for use per three-month billing period, or less, at rates equal to the combined sum of a readiness-to-serve charge and a quantity charge.

(b)The readiness-to-serve charge shall be determined by the size of the meter and shall be as follows:

Meter Size      

  • 5/8": $23.84
  • 3/4": $27.78
  • 1": $35.22
  • 1 1/2": $50.93
  • 2": $74.02
  • 3": $143.51
  • 4": $254.55
  • 6": $485.99
  • 8": $740.53
  • 10": $1018.25

(c)Should water be furnished tthrough two (2) or more separate meters, the readiness-to-serve charge shall be the combined total of the readiness-to-serve charge for each meter. Should water be furnished through a single meter containing two (2) or more metering elements, the readiness-to-serve charge shall be that for a single meter the size of the largest metering element.

(d)The quantity charge shall be at the following rates:

  • For the first 25,000 cubic feet per billing, $1.77 per 100 cubic feet of water
  • For the next 1,975,000 cubic feet per billing, $1.38 per 100 cubic feet of water
  • Over 2,000,000 cubic feet per billing, $1.04 per 100 cubic feet of water

(e)Should water be furnished through two (2) or more meters or through a single meter with two (2) or more metering elements, the quantity charge shall be based on the combined total of all water used as indicated by all registers.

Section Seven. Special Rates in Hospital or Charitable Institutions.

(a)Upon approval by the Water Commissioner, hospitals and charitable institutions may be charged a special rate of $0.93 per one hundred cubic feet of water. In order to receive this rate, hospitals and charitable institutions must make a written application to the Water Commissioner. This application must be signed by the president, secretary, or managing officer of the hospital or charitable institution, must ask for a special charity rate, and must state that free service is furnished to not less than ten (10) percent of its patients, members or inmates. The application must also give special details of the management as are necessary to show the philanthropic nature of the institution.

(b)In addition to the quantity charge, there shall be assessed each billing period a readiness-to-serve charge for each meter in accordance with the schedule set forth in Section Six of this ordinance.

Section Eight. School Rates.

(a)The quantity charge for the use of water by any public, parochial, interparochial schools, public libraries, and art museum of the Art Museum subdistrict of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District of the City of St. Louis and the County of St. Louis, shall be assessed for the water used in the institution at a special rate of $1.04 per one hundred cubic feet.

(b)In addition to the quantity charge, there shall be assessed each billing period a readiness-to-serve charge for each meter in accordance with the schedule set forth in Section Six of this ordinance.

Section Nine. Zoological Parks.

(a)The quantity charge for the use of water by zoological parks of the Zoological subdistrict of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District of the City of St. Louis and County of St. Louis, shall be $0.93 per one hundred cubic feet.

(b)In addition to the quantity charge, there shall be assessed each billing period a readiness-to-serve charge for each meter in accordance with the schedule set forth in Section Six of this ordinance.

Section Ten. Water Turn-on Service Charge.

A new service charge of $30.00 shall be collected in advance for turning on water to new flat rate and meter accounts.

Section Eleven. Shutoff for Delinquency.

The Collector of Revenue shall furnish the Water Commissioner a written list each day of all water bills paid the previous day. The Water Commissioner may shut off the water from all premises for the nonpayment of delinquent bills. Water shall not again be furnished thereto until all outstanding obligations for water supplied to such premises shall have been paid in full, and a charge of $30.00 has been paid in advance for turning on such water.

Section Twelve. Fire Protection Connections.

A service charge of One Hundred Eight dollars ($168.00) per year shall be assessed against each connection made with the mains of the Water Division for all new and existing private fire protection connections regulated by detector check valves with bypass meters.

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