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Utility Account FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


Billing Periods
We serve a variety of water and sewer service areas. Customers are billed bi-monthly or quarterly, depending on their location. We offer several different Bill Payment Options for your convenience. Contact the billing department at 847.377.7500 for more information.

Watering Restrictions
Outside water usage is restricted by ordinance to protect community water supplies during high-usage summer months.  From May 15th to September 15th each year, outside water usage is permitted on odd or even numbered calendar days, depending on your street address, and is allowed only before 10:00 AM or after 6:00 PM on those days.  This includes grass or landscape watering, car washing and filling swimming pools.  Landscape watering with a hand-held device (hand-held hose, watering can or bucket) is allowed at any time.  Residents with newly seeded or sodded yards may water for 14 consecutive days between the hours of 6:00 PM and 10:00 AM.  Under severe weather conditions additional temporary restrictions may be imposed. Please follow this link for a list of emergency water use restrictions currently in effect. Residents with private wells are not subject to these restrictions, but we encourage responsible use of non-essential water when the water table is low.  For more information view the Outside Watering Restriction Ordinance
.

Due Dates
Water bills are based on bi-monthly or quarterly meter readings, depending on your cycle, or on a flat rate. The due date is 20 days after the billing date, but billing dates will vary from cycle to cycle. Holidays and severe weather can disrupt the meter reading schedule. If you’re concerned about paying on time, consider using our free
Automatic Bill Payment Option.

Estimated Bills
When we are unable to read your water meter it may be necessary to estimate your bill. We would much prefer an actual reading. If you receive a postcard requesting that you read your meter, please mail the postage-paid card to us within 48 hours or phone in your reading to the billing department at 847.377.7500. You can also submit your reading through our Online Service Center.

Loss of Water Service
Service may be shut off for non-payment of bills, but interruptions can also be caused by water main breaks, power outages or frozen meters. When we have advance notice of a shut-off we will do our best to notify you, but during sudden emergencies that is not always possible.  If you are without water call our office at 847.377.7500. Our after-hours emergency number is 847.336.1611.


Rates and Fees
View the Water and Sewer Rates and Fees Schedule
for current user fees and connection charges.  Feel free to contact our office if you have questions.

Summer Sewer Credit
Much of the water we use during the summer goes back into the ground and does not go through the sewage treatment process. For that reason, the Summer Sewer Ordinance
 provides credits to residential customers from May 15 to September 15 each year. You don’t need to ask for the credit, it’s automatic. You pay for your water usage, but the sewer portion of your bill will not exceed 110% of your average winter sewer bill.  Keep these dates in mind when filling a pool or planning a major landscape project.

Vacant Home Billing
If your home is vacant for an extended period of time, a minimum bill will be generated unless you have called our office to request that the water be shut off at the B-Box.  Please allow 24-hours notice to request this service.  In addition, a responsible person with access to the inside of the home must be at the property when we turn your water back on.

Credits and Refunds
Credits due to overpayments will be applied toward your next bill, except in the case of a final billing. Credit balances on final bills for closed accounts will be refunded by a check sent to your last known address.


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