Water
Contact:
Public Works Office
1200 Locust Street
Boonville, MO 65233
660-882-5479

The Office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM.

Water and Sewer bills can be paid by mail, in person during office hours, at City Hall or at the after hours drop box located at City Hall and at Public Works office.

printable rate sheet for 2014-2015 sewer and water is available or scroll down for more information.



1. Water Hook Up

All new customers are required to make a deposit based on the size of their meter. This information can be obtained through the water department.

The deposit, based on a typical 5/8 inch residential meter is total of $113.00 ($106 for water fund, $5 for sanitation fund, non-refundable $2 service fee).  Deposits are refundable after 12 consecutive billings without delinquencies in payment.

 Water hook up must be done at the office. Mastercard, Visa, and Discover card payments accepted. Automatic bank drafting from checking and savings account is available. The form is available in the download center.  

NOTICE

The City of Boonville is required to reveal the utility customers Name and Address upon request, expect for those residential customers who request non-disclosure.  Any request made to the City of Boonville, will REQUIRE completion of Sunshine Law Request Form (Request for Public Records).  If you do not want your name disclosed, please, advise the Billing Clerk and your account will be flagged for non-disclosure of this information.


2. Water, Sewer, and Sanitation Rates
Water Charges 

According to meter size
Meter size (inches)                                            Minimum Monthly Charge
5/8 and ¾ inch-                                                                 $16.89
1 inch-                                                                                 $32.74
1 ½ inch                                                                              $59.61
2 inch                                                                                  $92.41
3 inch                                                                                  $168.90
4 inch                                                                                  $277.39
6 inch                                                                                  $549.14

Water Quantity                                                     Monthly Charge
First 1000 gallons                                              ------ Minimum Charge
Next 9000 gallons                                              ------ $5.86 per 1000 gallons
Next 40,000 gallons                                           ------ $4.80 per 1000 gallons
Any additional gallons                                       ------  $4.40 per 1000 gallons

Sewer Charges
A fixed charge of $11.36 is charged per meter.  Each meter is also charged $6.64 per 1000 gallons of water, totaling $168.00 for minimum usage.  This charge is a commodity charge for operations and maintenance.  

The sewer rate is based on water consumption from October through March.  New rates will appear on the following May bill. (Example new customer in December 2013—new average will apply May 2015).  New customers will be charged the average of 4000 gallons, at the rate of $37.92 per month.

Sanitation Charges
Sanitation rate is a fixed charge for $15.35 per residential unit, and $19.57 for 1 time per week hand stop pickup per commercial unit.  (This will differ if there are additional pickups needed and if containers are needed).

Fuel Surcharge
Fuel Surcharge is an authorized and imposed fee per unit of Sanitation. The fee will be variable by quarter, calculated by city staff and the service provider, as set forth in the service provider's contract with the city.

Meter Rental Fee 
Meter rental fee is a fixed rate of $.30 per month.

Sales Tax
Sales tax is based on water charges only---Residential customer – 2.750%
                                                                     Commercial customer – 8.225%

Annual Primacy Fee 
The Primacy Fee is an annual charge required by the State of Missouri, based as follows:
Unmetered & meters less than or equal to one inch- $3.00
Meters greater than one inch up to the equal of two inches- $7.44
Meters greater than two inches up to the equal of four inches- $41.16    
Meters greater than four inches- $82.44

This charge will show up on your January or February water bill.


Annual Sewer Fee 
The Sewer Fee is an annual charge required by the State of Missouri, based as follows:
Residential Users- $ .70
Less than or equal to one inch meters- $3.00
Less than or equal to four inch meters- $10.00
Greater than four inch meters- $25.00

This charge will show up on your January or February water bill.


Penalties

A $10.00 penalty will be added to any account in which a full payment is not made within 5 (five) days of the due date specified on the bill.  (Ordinance Section 21-148-(d) (6) b).


STOP WATER THEFT
The City of Boonville Water Department is pleased to provide you with high quality water at the lowest possible cost.  People using water illegally—such as using unmetered water—not only denies the water system money each year but also imposes costs on other paying customers.  The following outlines what you can do to assist us in locating water theft.

The following conditions may cause us to be suspicious that water theft is occurring at a property:

  • Meter readings that are lower than the history for previous readings;
  • Low consumption based on knowledge of average water consumption; and
  • Refusing to allow meter readers to access a property to obtain an actual reading.

Water theft is a serious offense and can result in significant fines as well as criminal or civil prosecution.  In addition to any penalties, anyone caught stealing water will be charged for the water they used through an estimated calculation.

Water theft has a negative effect on all City of Boonville Water customers.  We appreciate your assistance in locating illegal connections.  We encourage rental property tenants to report any signs of water theft.  If you are aware of water theft taking place in a property, or are suspicious that water theft may be occurring, please contact us at (660) 882-5479.


Stop Water Leaks
Other than actually seeing running water, the best method to check for a water leak is to take water readings.  This method checks the entire internal plumbing system for leaks.  Read the meter just before going to bed or whenever no one will use any water.  Read the meter again in the morning or after a few hours of non-use.  The two readings should be the same.  If they are not the same, and you cannot account for the use of a humidifier, ice cube maker, toilet flush, water filter, or water softener, then you have a leak.
   
From our experience, most of the leaks in plumbing systems are found at the toilet tank.  Malfunctioning water softeners and humidifiers run a distant second and third.  Toilets leak at the bottom of the tank around the flapper or at the top of the tank at the overflow tube.  To test the flapper, remove the tank lid and mark the water level.  Shut off the water supply to the toilet.  If after 30 minutes, the water remains on the mark, the flapper is not leaking.  The water level in the toilet tank should be at least one inch below the top of the overflow tube.  If the water level in the tank, is at the top of the overflow tube, that is where a leak may be.  The float that controls the water level in the tank should be adjusted so that the level is at least one inch below the top of the overflow tube.   Toilet tank leaks typically result from worn or misaligned parts of the flushing mechanism.  Most repairs can be done by an experienced “do it yourselfer”.  
   
Another test that can be done on toilets is by putting food coloring or laundry bluing in the tank of the toilet.  Wait for an extended period of time, (couple of hours while everyone is at work or overnight).  When that time period is up, check to see if the laundry bluing or food coloring is in the bowl of the toilet.  If it is, your toilet is leaking.  If the bluing or food coloring is not found in the tank (where you put it), or the bowl of the toilet, then that means it has already gone to the sewer, and your toilet has a major leak.

Water leaks are costly.  A typical toilet leaking constantly, all month long, can add $1100.00 to your water bill in one month.