The city of Battle Ground provides water, sewer, and stormwater drainage utilities to residential and commercial customers. Rates are established to cover the cost of a safe and sustainable delivery system.
While the city owns and operates the water, sewer, and stormwater drainage utilities, the revenue received from customer-paid rates are, by law, consigned to individual accounts used exclusively for the cost of providing the utility service. This ensures that utility revenues and costs remain verifiable and separate from other city-funded services, such as police, fire, parks, and streets.
Sewer volume is based on water consumption. The city establishes an individual residential customer's sewer use for the upcoming year by averaging the user's water consumption for the most recent winter months of December through March. The newly established sewer volume amount takes effect in April of each year. The city uses the winter months' average as the most equitable measure because much of the water used in warmer months is for watering lawns and gardens and does not enter the sewer system.
Residential Sewer Rates
Volume Rate (per unit; established by winter water averaging as described above)
Since stormwater has the potential to negatively impact our environment, the Washington State Department of Ecology strictly regulates the systems that collect and manage it. The city’s Stormwater Drainage System consists of the infrastructure that collects and distributes stormwater as well as the systems and methods used to prevent potential stormwater pollutants from entering our local streams.
Monthly Charge (Per ERU)
*ERU = Equivalent Residential Unit; determined by the Engineering Department. Most residential customers = 1 ERU
Taxes on City-Owned Utilities*
A utility tax of 12% is assessed on City of Battle Ground water, sewer and stormwater utilities. The revenue is dedicated to the general fund and is essential to support public safety (police and fire), parks, and streets. Learn more about City of Battle Ground taxes.