What am I paying for on the water bill?

The Village's water and sanitary sewer facilities are operated as part of an enterprise fund.  This is a separate accounting and financial reporting mechanism for municipal services for which a fee is charged in exchange for goods or services. It allows a community to demonstrate to the public the portion of total costs of a service that is recovered through user charges and the portion that is subsidized by the tax levy, if any. With an enterprise fund, all costs of service delivery—direct, indirect, and capital costs—are identified. This allows the community to recover total service costs through user fees if it chooses. 

The water bill contains several charges that are all factors of the amount of water used, billed in 100 gallon increments.

  • Operations & Maintenance - The cost to operate the entire water and sanitary sewer system used to produce and deliver water
  • Infrastructure - Funding for capital improvement projects
  • Lake Michigan Water - Funding for the transition to Lake Michigan Water
  • LCTC - Lake County Treatment Charge passed on by the County that treats the Village's waste water

The reverse side of the water bill provides additional details on the cost per 100 gallons.

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1. What am I paying for on the water bill?
2. How do I access to the online water consumption portal?
3. How do I know that my reading is accurate?
4. How does Automated Meter Reading (AMR) Work?
5. What is AMR?
6. Will my information be secure?
7. Will the transmitter radio frequency interfere with my television or phones?
8. Does Automated Meter Reading (AMR) have any other benefits?
9. Where can I ask questions or share concerns?