Residential Water/Sewer Rates
First 0-4,000 GallonsWater $12.00Sewer* $14.00
Next 2,000 GallonsWater $ 2.50 Per ThousandSewer* $ 2.50 Per Thousand
All Over 6,000 GallonsWater $ 3.00 Per ThousandSewer* $ 3.50 Per Thousand
Riverbend Utilities Minimum Bill $26.00
HCUA Sewer Treatment $2.97 Per Thousand Gallons Of Water Used. *
How does this affect me?
You will see an increase in the sewer charges on your bill at a rate of $2.97 per 1,000 gallons. An example would be a Riverbend Utilities customer who uses 5,000 gallons of water per month. Their bill would consist of the following:
Does this new charge replace the current sewer charge I am paying to Riverbend Utilities?
No, it does not. The sewer charges you are currently paying are for Riverbend Utilities to collect and treat the wastewater from your home. Riverbend Utilities utilizes aerated sewage lagoons for sewer treatment. This method provides what is called secondary treatment and is inexpensive because Mother Nature does most of the work with naturally occurring bacteria in our lagoons, cleansing the wastewater prior to its release into the waterways of our community. The majority of the wastewater expenses that Riverbend Utilities incurs is through the collection of the sewer from your home and its distribution to the proper treatment source. Riverbend Utilities will still incur those same costs of collection and distribution, however now the distribution will just be to a different location.
Why is Riverbend Utilities utilizing the Harrison County Utility Authority for sewer treatment? Why can’t Riverbend Utilities continue to treat the wastewater as they have in the past?
The MDEQ (Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality) is now requiring considerably better wastewater treatment on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to better protect our local waterways. This takes more sophisticated mechanical treatment methods which are, unfortunately, more expensive to build and operate. A regional entity like the Harrison County Utility Authority can more efficiently provide this service. Riverbend Utilities wastewater permits require that once a regional system is available we must connect to it and cease our local sewage treatment operations.
Will I have to set up a separate account with the HCUA?
No, this additional charge will show up on your bill as a separate line item and will be added in to your total due. Payment will still be made to Riverbend Utilities as in the past. Riverbend Utilities will handle payment to the HCUA for the treatment charges. Also, the method by which you receive service will not be affected. Riverbend Utilities will still be your water and sewer provider in our service area. You will still contact Riverbend Utilities for all service requests.