Section 110-488; Ord. 20413; Amending Chapters 13 and 22 of the City Code to increase sewage service utility rates


Ordinance No. 20413                            Council Bill No. B 262-09

     AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapters 13 and 22 of the City Code to increase sewage service utility rates; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

SECTION 1.    Chapter 13 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

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Sec. 13-192. Charges for disposal services.

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(b)    The following charges shall be imposed for acceptable liquid waste generated within the city limits of Columbia which is discharged into the designated disposal facility:

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    (3)    Treatment service availability    $ 5.30 6.09 per load

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SECTION 2.    Chapter 22 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

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Sec. 22-263. Charges for sewage service.

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(b)     The monthly charges for residential and public authority customer classifications shall be based on the average monthly billing of water usage during the immediate preceding calendar months of January, February and March. Where such basis is not considered representative of sewage discharge for public authority customers, the provisions of section 27-19 of this Code or any other reasonable basis of estimating sewage discharge from such customers may be used. Commercial and industrial charges shall be based on one hundred (100) per cent of the monthly metered water used, except as otherwise provided in this Code.

(1)     Basic sewage service charge. Each user of the wastewater system of the city shall pay for the use of such system monthly sewage service charges based on the following rates:


User Charge Portion
Capital Charge Portion

Total
Service charge, per month:
 All customers....
$ 4.293 4.937
$ 1.004 1.155
$ 5.30 6.09
Quantity charge, per Ccf:
 All volume....
$ 1.052 1.210
$ 0.203 0.233
$ 1.25 1.44
Ccf = 100 cubic feet
 
(2)     Extra strength charge. Wastewater discharged to the wastewater system from commercial or industrial users shall be subject to an extra strength charge when the BOD or total suspended solids concentration exceeds three hundred (300) milligrams per liter (mg/l) by weight. All analyses shall be performed on composite samples collected at no less than hourly intervals over a twenty-four-hour period.

Extra strength charges shall be calculated based on one hundred (100) per cent of metered water use, except as otherwise provided in section 22-269 of this Code, in accordance with the following formula:  

S = Vs x 0.00624 x [$ 0.156 0.179 (BOD - 300) + $0.1067 0.1227 (SS - 300)]

Where:



S

=

Surcharge in dollars monthly.

Vs

=

Sewage volume in 100 cubic feet per month.

0.00624

=

Conversion factor for hundred cubic feet to million pounds.

$ 0.156 0.179

=

Unit charge for BOD in dollars per pound; of which $ 0.122 0.140 represents the user charge portion and $0.034 0.039 represents capital charges.

BOD

=

BOD strength index in mg/l by weight.

300

=

Allowed BOD and suspended solids strengths in mg/l by weight.

$ 0.1067 0.1227

=

Unit charge for suspended solids in dollars per pound; of which $ 0.0821 0.0944 represents the user charge portion and $0.0246 0.0283 represents capital charges.

SS

=

Suspended solids strength index in mg/l by weight.

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(5)     Base charge. When residential property is vacant and the customer has requested discontinuance of a metered service the customer shall be charged a base charge of five dollars and thirty cents six dollars and nine cents ($5.30 6.09) per month in lieu of all other charges for sewage services.

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SECTION 3.    The new rates established in this ordinance shall take effect on October 1, 2009; provided that rates for monthly charges shall be applied to utility bills beginning with the first cycle billed in October, 2009.

SECTION 4.    This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.  

    PASSED this 21st day of September, 2009