City utility information
City utilities include water, sewer, and trash (contracted through Waste Connections).
A deposit is required for new residents. The deposit for new customers is $150, or $50 with a letter of good standing from a public utility which shows on-time payments for the past 12 months. When the bill is paid on or before the 15th of the month for 12 consecutive months, the deposit will be credited to the account along with interest.
In addition, a one-time connection fee of $20.00 is implemented when accounts are opened or changed.
Bills are due by the 15th of each month, after which a 10 percent penalty will be applied. Bills unpaid by the 25th of the month will be subject to disconnection. There will then be a $50.00 disconnect/reconnect service charge added to the account. The account must be paid in full by cash, money order or debit/credit card, including the $50.00 service charge before the water can be reconnected.
Yard waste can be taken to the City Burn Site. It is at the sewer plant (one mile south of town on Line Street) and is for yard waste only, including trees, brush, leaves and grass clippings. Only city residents are allowed to utilize the City Burn Site.
Water Rates 2023
Effective December 15, 2022, the rates for water sold are as follows:
Residential Inside City Limits
Residential Outside City Limits
Commercial Inside City Limits
Commercial Outside City Limits
Inside City Limits
Outside City Limits
Trash rates for 2023
The residential trash rates are:
In-town: $24.97 per month (includes a 95-gallon trash and 95-gallon recycle container)
$20.43 per month for senior citizens
$10.22 for an additional 95-gallon trash cart
$5.93 for an additional 95-gallon recycle cart
$18.73 per bulk item
Out-of-town: $25.48 per month (includes a 95-gallon trash and 95-gallon recycle container)
$20.83 per month for senior citizens
$10.42 for each additional 95-gallon trash cart
$5.93 per month for each additional 95-gallon recycle cart
$18.73 for each bulk item
$24.97 per month for a 95-gallon trash cart
$5.93 per month for a 95-gallon recycle cart (not included with trash rate)
$54.10 per month for a 2-yard dumpster dumped one day a week; $147.88 when dumped twice a week; $241.662 when dumped three times a week
$67.63 per month for a 3-yard dumpster dumped one day a week; $184.85 when dumped twice a week; $302.07 when dumped three times a week
$81.15 per month for a 4-yard dumpster dumped one day a week; $221.81 when dumped twice a week; $362.48 when dumped three times a week
$108.20 per month for a 6-yard dumpster dumped one day a week; $295.75 when dumped twice a week; $483.31 when dumped three times a week
There are ways to save money
Fix leaks. Watch your water bill each month. Leaks usually start small and gradually increase. If you have a question about your usage, call City Hall at 488-3433 and information on your usage history can be readily provided.
Change water faucets and toilets to low-flow usage. An efficient shower head can drop water usage by almost one-half. A low-flow toilet will also save water usage.
Use water sense rated dishwashers and washing machines. Only use the appliances when there is a full load to wash.
Place a half gallon milk jug filled with water in the tank of older toilets to save water when flushing.
Head to the car wash. The time limit on the wash encourages you to be more efficient and saves the usage at home.
Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or scrubbing hands.
Xeriscape yard landscaping and utilize a rain barrel to catch water. Know what your plants and/or grass need for optimum sustainability. Most people overwater their landscape.
City burn pit is open for yard waste only
Utility companies for Belle Plaine