The Village charges Glenview water and sanitary sewer customers to cover the cost of buying Lake Michigan water from Wilmette and fund ongoing maintenance and infrastructure improvements associated with the systems' operation.
Quarterly utility bills consist of two types of charges for both water and sanitary sewer service:
· A fixed rate that helps to stabilize the funding of the water and sewer systems.
· A consumption rate that is charged on every 1,000 gallons used by each customer.
Rates are reviewed annually to make sure they cover the costs to provide water and other system-related costs, including the cost to Glenview to purchase Lake Michigan water from Wilmette. Water purchase costs are 22% of the 2023 water budget excluding special projects. Additionally, $9.4M of water and sewer infrastructure maintenance and improvements are planned for in the 2023 budget.
Based on the recommendations of a consultant hired in 2017 to study the Village's overall water rate structure, it was determined that more of the total revenue should be recovered from the fixed component. The shift is based on the fact that the majority of the costs of maintaining the water system and distributing water to all customers remains constant, regardless of how much water each property uses. Increasing the fixed component will result in the same amount of total revenue as the consumption revenue component will be offset.
For bills issued after January 1, 2023, fixed charges and consumption fees were adjusted as follows:
Low Income Home Water Assistance Program
CEDA has launched a Low Income Household Water Assistance Program to assist eligible residents in paying past due water bills. This program was established under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and provides funds to assist low-income households with water and wastewater bills. The program goal is to prevent disconnection and restore drinking water and wastewater services to eligible households and reduce utility related debt.
Under the program, households at or below 200% of federal poverty income guidelines and past due on a water bill would be eligible for financial assistance. CEDA would be responsible for application review and determination of eligibility. If a household is approved, they would be eligible for a one-time payment of up to $1,500. The payment would be made directly to the Village and applied to the resident’s water account. Both owners and renters can apply for assistance through this program.
Residents can apply by calling (800) 571-2332 or visiting cedaorg.net/sites. More information is available here.
Glenview water and sanitary sewer consumption charge per 1,000 gallons
|||2023 Rate||2022 Rate|
2023 quarterly fixed fee
|5/8" & 3/4s"||$25.44||$10.59|