Residential Sewer Billing Based Upon Winter Quarter Water Consumption

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The majority of LOGIS member cities bill their residential sewer charges based upon winter quarter water consumption – they either bill the Winter Consumption or the lesser of Current or Winter Consumption. Each city selects their Winter Quarter months and updates the ‘Winter Consumption multiplier’ on the Sewer service of each residential account. The WAV (Winter Average Volume) program in CIS Infinity updates the Winter Consumption multiplier with the current winter quarter water consumption. During billing throughout the remainder of the year, the system compares the Winter Consumption multiplier to the current water consumption and bills whichever is less. Note: there are some member cities that bill sewer charges based upon Winter Consumption only and do not compare that consumption to the current usage during other quarters of the year.

Usually cities use November-March as their winter months. For example, if a city bills quarterly and is billing a quarterly cycle in February, the system will use their current pending water consumption (consumption used during November, December, and January) to update their Winter Quarter multiplier:

February Billing (Winter Quarter – consumption used during Nov/Dec/Jan):

  • Current Water Consumption: 16
  • Updated Winter Consumption Multiplier: 16
  • Both Water and Sewer are billed 16 units in February.

May/August/November Billings (bills lesser of current or winter):

  • Water Consumption: 18
  • Winter Consumption Multiplier: 16
  • Water is billed 18 units and Sewer 16 units (lesser of current or winter)

As you can tell by looking outside, it is definitely winter quarter in Minnesota! Please remember to run the WAV program before each of your winter quarter/monthly billings, after your readings have been uploaded and any rereads and corrections have been completed, but before you calculate your billing.

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Category: Utility Billing

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