Sewer Rates

The Lima Sewer System is facing $150 million in Federal and State Clean Water Act Mandates.

Significant sewer rate increases will be necessary to fund these mandates.

The objective of the new rate schedule is to not only fund these mandates but make sewer charges as affordable as possible for both sewer customers inside and outside the City To achieve this:

  • 1). It is best to have residential customers pay a flat rate. This is the most equitable way to distribute the residential share of the cost of operating the sewer system.
  • 2). It is also necessary to remove the surcharge that outside customers currently pay. This surcharge will be removed over time. This allows for residential bills to be the same inside and out after (9) nine years (residential monthly bill is anticipated to be $50.25 at that time) and non-residential bills with same size meter and consumption to be the same inside and out after (10) ten years.
  • 3). Lastly, the sewer bill will also include an EPA Mandate Charge which will affect all customers. These charges will be dedicated specifically to funding the Federal and State Mandates.

This new sewer rate structure will allow for the most affordable rates possible while meeting the Mandates and maintaining the sustainability of the sewer system. This new residential rate structure will be similar to Allen County's flat rate system and the City's final rate will be comparable to theirs.

The EPA Mandate Charges will take effect on January 1, 2013.


Sewer Rates Effective August 1, 2018

 SECTION 1040.16
 Residential Rates
** These rates are applicable for residential dwellings of up to 2 Units

Inside CityOutside City
Residential Conservation Rate up to 300 Cu Ft
Residential Consumption more than 300 Cu Ft / Mo
EPA Mandates (All Consumption)
28.23
31.37
11.54
34.89
39.71
11.54

 Non Residential Rates and Charges
** These rates are also applicable for residential dwellings over 2 Units
** The standard minimum charge for the first 300 Cu Ft of wastewater service
Meter SizeSewer Base Charge
Inside City
Sewer Base Charge
Outside City
5/8"
3/4"
1"
1 1/2"
2"
3"
4"
6"
8"
10"
27.30
34.57
44.84
71.12
100.31
158.73
304.76
523.82
742.88
1,034.91
45.86
58.08
75.34
119.48
168.52
266.67
511.99
880.02
1,248.04
1,738.66

 EPA Mandates Base Unit/Month $10.54
Meter
Size
FactorMonthly EPA
Mandate Fee
5/8"
3/4"
1"
1 1/2"
2"
3"
4"
6"
8"
10" +
1.00
1.00
2.99
5.59
8.98
15.96
24.94
44.88
67.81
99.71
11.54
11.54
34.50
64.51
103.63
184.18
287.81
517.92
782.53
1,150.65
 
Volume Charge
Cost Per Each Additional 100 Cu FtInside CityOutside City
Non Industrial
Industrial
3.85
3.31
6.47
5.56
** Charges for use measured by wastewater meters, such as Parshall flumes, magnetic meters, venturi meters, etc., shall be computed as follows:

(Capacity of Wastewater Meter in GPM) x (Capacity of 5/8" Meter in GPM (20)) Per Meter Charge per Month for 5/8" Meter

Inside CityOutside City
Monthly Charge =$14.64$24.60


Ordinance: 234-14 (PDF) Effective October 6, 2014