Sewer Rates

On February 25, 2019, the Metropolitan Sewer Subdistrict (MetroConnects) adopted a new User Charge Rate Structure. This new rate structure, which began July 1, 2019, is based on a connected sewer customer’s water consumption. MetroConnects will no longer charge a sewer tax and fee on the annual Greenville County real property tax bill. Your first bill, received in July, will reflect water consumption charges for the billing period reflected on your statement. 

Why Are We Changing the Rate Structure?

MetroConnects conducted a rate study that concluded the existing rate structure needed to increase to cover the costs of maintaining the sanitary sewer system in good condition and to fund MetroConnects’ capital plan.

For more information on the change in billing structure.

How Will My New Bill Be Calculated?

Customer bills have two components — a fixed customer charge of $11.25 and a volumetric charge of $1.57 per 1,000 gallons.

For example, a residential customer who consumes 4,000 gallons of water each month will be billed:

Base Charge $11.25 per month
Volumetric Charge $6.28 per month
Total per month $17.53 per month

Projected Rate Increases

A two percent increase is planned over the following five years.

FY 2020 FY 2021 FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
$11 $11.25 $11.45 $11.72 $12.00 $12.25
$1.54 $1.57 $1.60 $1.65 $1.68 $1.72
% Change   2% 2% 2% 2% 2%

Why Have Rates Increased?

MetroConnects has not had a rate increase in almost 10 years and has a significant amount of rehabilitation and capital expansion that is planned over the next several years.

MetroConnects conducted a rate study that recommended a rate structure that is more consistent with industry best practices and provides a more equitable billing method for continuous asset rehabilitation and quality sanitary sewer service while protecting public health and the environment.