Sewer Rates

Sewer Service Rate Increase


Effective January 1, 2020, Pierce County will implement new rates per Ordinance 2019-77 adopted November 20, 2019.

Pierce County Sewer Rates

Customer Type
2019 Monthly Rate 2020 Monthly Rate 2021 Monthly Rate
Residential       
     
Single Family Unit
$50.04 $51.94 $53.89
Multi Family Unit
$43.72 $45.38 $47.08
Commercial Class 1       
     
Basic Service Charge
$14.98 $15.55 $1.13
Volume Service Charge
$4.17 $4.33 $4.49
Commercial Class 2       
     
Basic Service Charge
$14.98 $15.55 $16.33
Volume Service Charge
$5.56 $5.77 $5.99
Commercial Class 3       
     
Basic Service Charge
$14.98 $15.55 $16.33
Volume Service Charge
$7.03 $7.30 $7.57
Commercial Class 4       
     
Basic Service Charge
$14.98 $15.55 $16.33
Volume Service Charge
$8.43 $8.75 $9.08
Commercial Class 5       
     
Basic Service Charge
$14.98 $15.55 $16.33
Volume Service Charge
$2.75 $2.85 $2.96
BOD Surcharge
$0.48/lb $0.50 $0.52
SS Surcharge
$0.54/lb $0.56 $0.58
*Additional taxes and fees are not included in the rates above.

Cascadia Sewer Rates (includes the Tehaleh development)

Customer Type
2019 Monthly Rate 2020 Monthly rate 2021 Monthly rate
Residential       

   
Single Family Unit
$56.82 $58.98 $61.19
Multi Family Unit
$50.04 $51.94 $53.89
Commercial Class 1       
     
Basic Service Charge
$7.64 $7.93 $8.23
Volume Service Charge
$5.88 $6.10 $6.33
Commercial Class 2
     
Basic Service Charge $7.64 $7.93 $8.2.3
Volume Service Charge $5.88 $6.10 $6.33
Commercial Class 3      
Basic Service Charge $7.64 $7.93 $8.23
Volume Service Charge $5.88 $6.10 $6.33
Commercial Class 4      
Basic Service Charge $7.64 $7.93 $8.23
Volume Service Charge $5.88 $6.10 $6.33
*Additional taxes and fees are not included in the rates above.

How do Pierce County's rates compare to other western Washington sewer service providers?



Pierce County's monthly sewer rate continues to be one of the lowest in western Washington.
See the rate comparison table (monthly rates include base rates + an average water usage of 8 ccf per month).

2019 Single-Family Residential Rate Comparison

 Sewer Service Provider
Residential Rate*
Seattle
(Includes King County Charge)
$107.59
($62.26 + $45.33)**
Bonney Lake $103.82 / $138.28 w/grinder pump
 Puyallup
$84.81
 Gig Harbor $77.78
 Renton (includes King County charge) $75.24 ($29.91 + $45.33)**
 Kitsap County $74.28
 Sumner $73.75
 Auburn (includes King County charge) $70.50 ($25.17 + $45.33)**
 Kent $70.34 ($25.01 + $45.33)**
 Yelm $69.89
 Tacoma $64.83
 Kelso $60.74
 Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater (LOTT) $60.03
 Tehaleh (Pierce County/Cascadia WWTP) $56.82
Pierce County $50.04
Everett $49.44
Vancouver $44.08
 Federal Way (Lakehaven) $38.84

*Assumes single-family residential usage of 8 CCF per month (can be based on monthly water usage or a fixed amount)
** King County monthly sewer charge for treatment and conveyance = $45.33

2019 Average Connection Charge Comparison

Utility/Jurisdiction One-Time Connection Charge (New Service)
 Renton $15,510*
 Gig Harbor $9,640 - $14,460
 Seattle $12,195
 Vancouver $12,690
 Bonney Lake $11,606
 Auburn (includes King County charge) $11,114
 Kent (includes King County charge) $11,114
 Kitsap County $4,796 - $9,315
 Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater (LOTT) $9,314
 Sumner $8,205
 Everett $4,892 - $7,172
 Yelm $6,394
 Pierce County $5,607**
 Puyallup $4,880
 Kelso $4,600
 Federal Way (Lakehaven) $3,789
 Tacoma $3,250
* King County Capacity/Connection Charge is approximately $11,600 amortized over 15-years at $64.50/month
** Average over 19 basin areas per Residential Equivalent (excludes Cascadia and Etloh)

Sewer Rate Facts


  • Our mission is to provide customers with high quality, cost-effective sanitary sewer services in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal permit requirements.
  • Failure to maintain our system now could result in building moratoriums, further rate increases, DOE fines, or even system failure that could impact public health and safety.
  • Pierce County's Planning and Public Works – Sewer Division has received the Washington State Department of Ecology's (DOE) Outstanding Performance Award 17 times since 1995. This award is given to sewer systems that did not have any sewer spills during the previous year.
  • DOE has alerted all western Washington treatment plants that the state will require stricter water quality standards for discharge into Puget Sound in the future. Monthly sewer rates are used in part to maintain our high standard for water quality.
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