Below is a breakdown in the rates and fees for those property owners who opt-in to connect their home to the public sewer system as part of the Out of District (ODWW) Project. This is a completely voluntary option to property owners in the affected area (see coverage area map) – no property owner is required to connect.
Rates and fees are assessed based on when the property owner decides to connect. The options include:
- Early Connection: Property owners facing a need to connect to the public sewer system prior to their property’s expected connection date may be offered an option to connect early if they have issues that need immediate attention and are located in an area that LMUD already has main sewer lines nearby. To see if you qualify, please contact us. There are one-time upfront fees associated with this option and there is no guarantee when the connection will occur.
- Regular Connection: When we get close to being able to connect properties along specific sewer main lines, we will be contacting each current LMUD customer listed for that property (by e-mail, phone, and in person if needed) for the property owner to make a decision if they would like to connect at a specified anticipated connection date. There are no upfront fees associated with this option. Connections will be made in sequential order of the Project’s timeline.
- Decline to Connect / Option for Late Connection: This option remains available to property owners who are not ready to connect at the time it is made available to them or to those who prefer to remain on septic. Property owners who choose this option always have the option to connect at a later date, including future property owners who decide to connect. There are one-time upfront fees associated with this option and there is no guarantee when the connection will occur.
Note: If the property changes ownership prior to connection, this payment transfers with the current LMUD customer listed for the property. Once the property has been connected, the current LMUD customer for the property will be responsible for paying all future charges, which will appear on their regular utility bill from LMUD.
Estimated Monthly Costs After Connection
|Volumetric Rate||Based on usage*|
|Out of District (OD) Base Rate||$74**|
|Service Fee (included in Base Rate fee)||$5***|
*avg. $20/mo. (Varies per household: example based on avg. Dec.-Mar. of 8,000 gal.). Wastewater rates can be found here.
**Cost is based on current rates, subject to change (+/-). Cost is made up of an assessed $60/mo. charge for infrastructure development (paid off after 25 years) plus $14/mo. which covers ongoing system maintenance.
***The Service Fee covers LMUD being made responsible for all repairs to control panel, grinder pump, service box, and connecting service lines at service address location. Property owners are responsible for contacting us to make a service request. This service applies to Out of District customers with a pre-existing grinder pump on their property as well.
Early/Late Connection Upfront Fees
Early Connections as well as Late Opt-ins incur one-time fees that are not assessed to LMUD customers opting-in as part of the regular ODWW Project. These fees must be paid prior to being connected.
|Capacity Reservation Fee||$3,675*|
|Plumbing Inspection Fee||$225|
*2019 fee rate was $3,250. Increased to $3,675 on Jan. 1, 2020 and then an additional $125 each year thereafter.