City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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CROSS REFERENCES
Power to impose and collect sewer rental — See 3rd Class § 3211 et seq. (11 Pa. C.S.A. § 13213.1 et seq.).
Erie Sewer Authority — See ADM. Art. 181.
Surcharge for extra-strength wastes — See S.U. and P.S. 931.13 et seq.
[Ord. 104-1952 § 1, passed 12-30-1952]
There is imposed an annual sewer rental or charge for the use of the sewers, sewerage system and sewage treatment works of the City upon the owners of property served thereby, at the rates hereinafter set forth.
[Ord. 15-1996 § 1, passed 3-6-1996]
(a) 
DOMESTIC USER — An owner of a single family dwelling, flat, duplex, or multi-unit dwelling of four units or less.
(b) 
NONDOMESTIC USER — Any user other than a domestic user.
[Ord. 53-2002, passed 9-4-2002; Ord. 66-2003, passed 11-5-2003; Ord. 6-2014, passed 2-5-2014]
(a) 
The sewer meter rate schedule applicable to all users, in addition to a service charge, shall be as follows: $25 per bill.
[Amended by Ord. 1-2019, passed 1-2-2019; Ord. 82-2019, passed 12-18-2019]
Meter Quantity Charges
100 Cubic Feet
Rate Per 100 Cubic Feet
First 70
$3.05
Next 4,930
$2.90
All Over 5,000
$2.74
Large Volume User Charges
(100 Cubic Feet Per Month)
Rate Per 100 Cubic Feet
First 23
$3.05
Next 1,644
$2.90
All Over 1,667
$2.74
* Large Volume Users shall be designated by the Chief of the Bureau of Sewers and shall be billed on a monthly basis.
(b) 
A Billing System Transition Charge of four consecutive quarterly payments of $8.50 ($34 total) shall be applicable to each user, beginning first quarter 2004.
* The Billing System Transition Charge will be a separate line item that will appear a total of four times on each user's bill. The Billing System Transition Charge will be eliminated from each user's future bill after receipt of four $8.50 payments ($34 total).
(c) 
Council may, upon recommendation of the Director of Public Works or the Erie Sewer Authority, increase or decrease the rate set forth in Subsections (a), (b), (c) and (d) hereof as they deem necessary.
(d) 
The terms for the use of sewer rentals shall be as follows:
(1) 
The due date for payment of all sewer rental bills, shall be 20 days from the date the bills are issued. Payments mailed as evidence by the United States Post Office mark, on or previous to the end of the twenty-day period, shall be deemed to be payment within such period.
(e) 
Construction period rates. A residential property owner may receive a construction period sewer flat rate in the amount of $10 per quarter, provided the following criteria are satisfied:
(1) 
An application for the construction period rate must be submitted by the residential property owner to the Sewer Billing Office;
(2) 
The property for which the flat rate is requested shall be uninhabited for the entirety of the period of construction;
(3) 
The residential property owner must undertake major renovation to qualify for, and obtain from the City, a building/construction permit covering all planned construction in order to establish eligibility for the flat rate; and
(4) 
All building/construction permits, along with required inspections, for the construction property shall remain current throughout construction.
The construction period flat rate will apply for six months from the date of permit issue; however, a six-month extension is available upon completion of an application provided by the Sewer Billing Office. The application must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate City officials, provided below, prior to the extension of the flat rate period. Failure to maintain all inspections and permits will be grounds for rejecting an application for extension.
Compliance with this section will be determined by the appropriate City officials from the Code Enforcement Office and the Director of Finance. For purposes of enforcing this section, all residential properties meeting the above criteria as of the effective date of this section, after obtaining a valid permit, shall be assessed the amended construction period flat rate. Any existing sewer charges for residential property approved for the flat rate will be adjusted accordingly by the Sewer Billing Office to reflect the construction flat rate as provided in this section.
[Ord. 6-2014, passed 2-5-2014]
The increase for Sewer Rates applicable for the 2014 budget shall be in effect only for 2014 unless extended by City Council.
[Ord. 53-2002, passed 9-4-2002; Ord. 4-2006, passed 1-25-2006]
(a) 
Payment schedule. The Erie City Water Authority shall establish a payment schedule whereby sewer charges collected by the City shall be paid quarterly, except that nondomestic large volume users may be billed monthly.
(b) 
Late charge. A late charge in an amount to be determined by the Erie City Water Authority shall be imposed on any sewer bill remaining unpaid after due date. In addition, interest of 1.25% per month, due and payable to the Sewer Revenue Fund, shall be charged on the overdue portions of the delinquent sewer bills and all penalties accrued. The Erie City Water Authority will impose the late payment charges according to its rules and policies. In no event shall the interests charged exceed more than 15% annually.
(c) 
Discontinuance of service. Service shall be discontinued on any account remaining unpaid for a period after the due date to be determined by the rules, regulations or policies of the Erie City Water Authority by termination of water service to the property upon such written notice as provided by the rules and policies of the Water Authority. An administrative fee in an amount determined by the Authority will be charged to the account for discontinuance of water service and the same will be charged to reinstate water service to be administered by the Erie City Water Authority. Discontinuance of service shall be carried out in compliance with the requirements of Act of April 14, 1949, as amended and the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Law and further subject to any defenses provided therein.
(d) 
Penalty abatement. The penalties provided in Subsection (b) above shall be abated for residential customers who apply for and meet hardship criteria established by the Erie City Water Authority. In addition, all penalties provided in Subsection (b) for residential properties that meet the criteria for the constructing period flat rate, provided in Section 933.02(f), shall be waived if the penalty was imposed while the property was vacated for construction. The penalty abatement for the construction period flat rate is available for all residential construction that qualify for the reduced rate under Section 933.02.
[Ord. 104-1952 § 5, passed 12-30-1952; Ord. 65-2000, passed 11-22-2000]
For a property which uses water, all or part of which is from a source or sources other than the City's water supply system, there shall be a sewer rental, separate from and in addition to any sewer rental based on the consumption of water from the City's water supply system. Such separate or additional sewer rental shall be measured by the quantity of water from the source or sources other than the City's water supply system which is discharged into the City's sewers from such property.
The owner of such property shall install, without cost to the City, a meter or meters to measure the quantity of water received from other than the City's water supply system and deposited into the City's sewers. No meter shall be installed or used for such purpose without the approval of the Chief of the Bureau of Sewers, and the sewer rental based upon water received from other than the City's water supply system shall be the same in amount as is required to be paid by the owner of a metered property receiving the same quantity of water from the City's water supply system.
If the owner of the property fails to install an approved meter or meters, the Chief of the Bureau of Sewers shall make an estimate of the amount of water from sources other than the City's water supply system which is discharged into the City's sewers from the property, and the property owner shall pay the applicable rate of sewer rental based upon such estimate.
[Ord. 104-1952 § 6, passed 12-30-1952; Ord. 65-2000, passed 11-22-2000]
Whenever a property upon which a sewer rental is hereby imposed uses water from the City's water supply system for an industrial or commercial purpose, such that the water so used is not discharged into the sewerage system of the City, the quantity of water so used and not discharged into the City's sewers shall be measured by a device approved by the Chief of the Bureau of Sewers and installed without cost to the City, provided, however, that where in the opinion of the Chief it is not practical to install a measuring device to continuously determine the quantity of water not discharged into the City sewers, the Chief shall determine periodically, in such manner and by such method as he may prescribe, the percentage of water from the City water supply system discharged into the City sewers, and the quantity of water used to determine the sewerage rental shall be the percentage of City water so used.
[Ord. 104-1952 § 9, passed 12-30-1952; Ord. 65-2000, passed 11-22-2000]
Whenever sewer service to any property begins after the first day or terminates before the last day of any year, the sewer rental for such property for such year shall be for that portion of the year during which the property is served. However, in making such apportionment, a fraction of a month amounting to more than 1/2 of a month shall be counted a full month, and a fraction of a month amounting to less than 1/2 shall be disregarded.
[Ord. 4-2006, passed 1-25-2006]
The Erie City Water Authority is charged with the duty of collecting all sewer charges and is authorized to adopt such regulations with respect thereto as may be deemed fit and proper.
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Editor's Note: Former Section 933.08 was deleted by Ordinance 4-2006, passed 1-25-2006.
[Ord. 4-2006, passed 1-25-2006]
The Erie City Water Authority is authorized to file liens against the properties of the aforesaid delinquent sewer rental accounts.
[Ord. 57-1954 § 7, passed 6-1-1954; Ord. 65-2000, passed 11-22-2000]
All monies received as a result of sewer rentals imposed by this article shall be deposited in a special fund known as the Sewer Revenue Fund.
[Ord. 104-1952 § 12, passed 12-30-1952; Ord. 65-2000, passed 11-22-2000]
No sewer rental is imposed on properties outside the City from which sewage and other liquidated wastes are discharged into the sewers of the City under the agreement between the City and other political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, nor upon any properties within the City not receiving sewer services from the City's facilities.