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Water Rates

Water, Sewer, and Sanitation Billing Schedule

Water Usage and Sanitation Services

Billing Month

Due Date Month

November and December

January

February

January & February

March

April

March & April

May

June

May & June

July

August

July & August

September

October

September & October

November

December

Bills are mailed and/or emailed during the first week of the billing month and are due early the first week of the following month.

The following table shows Evanston's water rate effective January 1, 2018. The water rate is used to finance all aspects of the operation & maintenance, capital, and debt associated with the Evanston Water Utility. To see a history of the water rate charged to Evanston residents since 1921, visit the Historic Rates webpage. 

Effective Date

Rate (CF = Cubic Feet)

Jan. 1, 2018

Minimum Charge every two months based upon water meter size as follows:

5/8” & ¾”     $8.83

1”                    $17.61
1½”                $32.97
2”                    $51.92
3”                    $91.43
4”                    $146.46
6”                    $258.28
8”                    $437.23

The minimum service charge includes the first five hundred cubic feet (500 cu. ft.) of water consumed.

$2.47 per 100 cubic feet of usage over minimum.

 

Sewer Rates

The following table shows Evanston's sewer rate effective January 1, 2018. With the inception of the Long Range Sewer Improvement Program and the high costs associated with that massive project, a formula was developed for the establishment of the sewer service charge in conjunction with the budget process each year. The Service Charge is now directly based on the expenses, transfers, use of fund balance and investment income as reflected in the budget. To see a history of the sewer rate charged to Evanston residents since 1978, visit the Historic Rates webpage. 

Effective Date

Rate (CF = Cubic Feet)

Jan. 1, 2018

Minimum sewer charge every two months $18.30 includes first five hundred cubic feet (500 cu. ft.) of water usage.

$3.66 per 100 cubic feet of water usage over the minimum.

Tax exempt properties: $4.53 per 100 cubic feet in excess of 10,000 cu. Ft. of water consumed in a billing cycle.

 

Rates in Neighboring Communities

Water and sewer costs for Evanston and residents in neighboring communities are compared in the tables below. PDF files are also included below each table for your convenience. Annual costs are calculated for a single-family residential dwelling with a 3/4-inch water meter using 115 billing units (approximately 86,000 gallons) per year.
 

WATER COSTS IN CHICAGO AND NORTH SUBURBS - JANUARY 2015

Community

Annual Water Cost

Water Supplier

Evanston

$232

Self-supplied

Wilmette

$286

Self-supplied

Palatine

$323

Evanston/NWC

Chicago

$328

Self-supplied

Buffalo Grove

$385

Evanston/NWC

Lincolnshire

$388

Highland Park

Skokie

$412

Evanston

Arlington Heights

$412

Evanston/NWC

Northbrook

$422

Self-supplied

Deerfield

$458

Highland Park

Wheeling

$486

Evanston/NWC

Glenview

$534

Wilmette

Des Plaines

$538

Chicago

Park Ridge

$636

Chicago

Niles

$660

Chicago

Schaumburg

$686

NSMJAWA

Lincolnwood

$708

Chicago

Oak Park

$780

Chicago

Morton Grove

$788

Chicago

Average

$498

 

Water Costs in Chicago and North Suburbs, Jan. 2015

 

COMBINED WATER AND SEWER COSTS IN CHICAGO AND NORTH SUBURBS - JANUARY 2015

Community

Annual Water & Sewer Cost

Water Supplier

Skokie

$412

Evanston

Palatine

$418

Evanston/NWC

Buffalo Grove

$476

Evanston/NWC

Arlington Heights

$510

Evanston/NWC

Northbrook

$513

Self-supplied

Wheeling

$607

Evanston/NWC

Chicago

$656

Self-supplied

Niles

$660

Chicago

Wilmette

$682

Self-supplied

Evanston

$685

Self-supplied

Glenview

$688

Wilmette

Des Plaines

$746

Chicago

Park Ridge

$773

Chicago

Lincolnwood

$794

Chicago

Deerfield

$811

Highland Park

Lincolnshire

$841

Highland Park

Schaumburg

$843

NSMJAWA

Morton Grove

$882

Chicago

Oak Park

$986

Chicago

Average

$683

 

Water and Sewer Rate Comparison Tables - Jan. 2015