How Am I Charged?

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) wants to help you understand your monthly bill. In November 2016, the department has introduced an entirely new design with these improvements:

  • Easy to read
  • Less cluttered - detail when you want it
  • Clearly identify your amount due
  • Usage comparison
  • Ways to pay your bill

The Detroit water, sewer and drainage rates are reviewed every spring and adjusted, if needed, every summer. The Detroit Board of Water Commissioners, in a public forum, reviews and approves the rates for Detroit residential and commercial customers.

Several factors are computed as part of the Detroit water and sewer rates. They include:

  • Water purchased through the Great Lakes Water Authority;
  • Citywide volume usage;
  • Operation and maintenance of distribution lines, water mains and sewer infrastructure;
  • Capital improvement programs;
  • Sewerage disposal;
  • Collecting and treating rain water and snow melt from rooftops, lawns and paved surfaces;
  • Cost of noncollectable accounts from residents and businesses; and
  • Debt payments.
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