The city is now offering the option of having your water bill deducted directly from your checking account – please contact city hall at (651) 565-4568 for more information.
The City of Wabasha operates Water and Wastewater utilities through the Public Utilities Commission. These services are available to utility customers at the lowest possible rates.
The City of Wabasha Utilities Commission operates the Municipal Water System and Municipal Sanitary Wastewater System. The water system has a pumping capacity of 1400 gallons per minute, with a storage capacity of 790,000 gallons. Wabasha’s sanitary system consists of one activated sludge wastewater treatment system located southwest of town with a collection system and three final lift stations to pump wastewater to the site. The treatment plant currently has a capacity of 604,000 gallons per day.
The Utilities Department consists of a Utilities Superintendent and two full-time Utilities Employees. These employees maintain the water pumping, storage, and distribution systems and the wastewater collection and treatment systems.
Utility Billing Information and Rates
City of Wabasha water and sewer services are billed on a monthly basis and bills are due by the 15th of the month.
- Sewer (Effective 06/01/07): $10.92 per 1000 gallons usage. Minimum usage per month is 2,000 gallons.
- Water (Effective 03/1/2012) minimum 1000 gallons:
Residential (all rates per month): Base Rate: $4.00 1000-6,000 gal. $1.70 per 1,000 gal. 7000 – 12,000 gal. $2.13 per 1,000 gal. 13,000 – 24,000 gal. $2.66 per 1,000 gal. 25,000-40,000 gal. $3.32 per 1,000 gal. 41,000 – and above $3.99 per 1,000 gal. Business/Industrial/Commercial (all rates per month): Base Rate: $4.00 0-30,000 gal. $2.13 per 1,000 gal. 31,000-60,000 $2.66 per 1,000 gal. 61,000 and above $3.33 per 1,000 gal.
Per Ordinance, residential sewer rates are set in April based on the average of your first three months water usage of the year and that rate is carried thru March of the following year. When purchasing a new residence or moving into a new residential property during the year policy is that your sewer rate is set based on the first full months usage until your rate can be set per ordinance.
Who do I contact to discontinue service or to establish new service?
To have your water service discontinued, or to have new service established contact the City Clerk’s office at (651) 565-4568.
Please be ready with the following information when calling:
* complete address where service is located
* date service is to be turned on or off
* final billing address if discontinuing service
Snowbirds – If service is shut off by the city for the winter months only – there will be a $50.00 reconnect fee when it is turned back on and someone must be present when water is turned back on.
NEW - Starting winter of 2005, if you choose to not have your water turned off during the winter months you can come into City Hall and sign a waiver form. You will not be billed the monthly minimum, however you will have to pay a $50.00 fee when water is back in use.
Also, if service is shut-off due to non-payment, there is a $50.00 reconnect fee. The reconnect fee and outstanding bill amount are payable before service can be reconnected.
Who do I contact if I have a water leak?
If you notice a water leak inside your house, you should contact your plumber to inspect it and repair it if needed. As a property owner, you are responsible for repairs to any pipes between the main and your residence/business.
If the leak is outside near the curb or street, please contact Utilities Superintendent Dave Vosen at (651) 565-3818 or call City Hall at (651) 565-4568.
If you feel your meter is not working properly and would like your meter tested, the city will do so. However, if the meter is tested and found to be in good working condition, there is a $50.00 fee for this service.