Wastewater Winter Averaging
Winter averaging is a practice by which water use during the winter months is used to determine maximum sewer charges for the upcoming year. LCMUA bases winter average on the average water consumption during November, December, January, and February. The month with the highest volume is dropped and the remaining months are averaged. New customers are billed volume based on their actual water consumption (not to exceed 7,000 gallons of wastewater) until they establish an average of their own.
The Q and A's below are provided to help answer frequently asked questions.
Why does LCMUA use winter for averaging?
Your water meter measures your monthly water use, but there is no meter on your wastewater line. Wastewater averaging provides a measure that is generally reflective of the amount of water that goes directly into the sanitary sewer system from your property. Outdoor watering (such as irrigation, car washing and recreational use) does not go directly into the sanitary sewer system so it is important to isolate it and not include that wastewater on your invoice. Usually outdoor watering is minimal during the winter months; therefore, it is easier to estimate the actual amount of water that goes directly into the sanitary sewer system versus being used for outdoor watering during the winter months.
How is winter averaging calculated?
Consumption information is calculated during the four winter billing periods (November thru February) to arrive at the winter average (dropping the highest month and averaging the three months remaining). For example:
|November||12,000 (highest volume is dropped)|