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Understanding Your Water/Sewer Bill

Water/Sewer Billing

Pere Marquette Township residents are billed quarterly for their water and sewer service. The water and sewer bills are divided into 2 categories: fixed costs called “readiness to serve” (RTS) for both water and sewer, and variable costs called “usage”. The fixed portion of the rate is used to cover fixed costs associated with maintaining the Water Distribution system & Wastewater system management. The usage portion of the rate is used to cover the variable costs of providing services to our residents. Usage is billed per 100 cubic feet of water used during a 3-month period. The readiness to serve fee is determined by the meter size of a home. Most homes in the Township have a 5/8” or a 1” meter.

For customers not connected to public water, sewer charges are based on a unit-factor basis, one unit factor for a single-family residence and two-unit factors for a two-family residence. Alternatively, customers that are not connected to public water have the option to have their sewer usage determined based on their metered well water use. If a sewer customer elects to be charged based on their metered well water use, the sewer customer shall obtain a meter for this purpose from the township. The meter shall remain the property of the township and shall be installed at the customer’s expense. The meter will be installed in such a manner as to measure only non-sprinkling use and there will be a quarterly readiness to serve charge (RTS) associated with the size of the meter installed. For customers connected to the public water system, sewer usage will be determined based on their water consumption. If a portion of the sewer customer’s water is utilized for sprinkling or other purposes in such a manner that is not discharged into the system, the sewer customer may install metering arrangements, at the sewer customers expense, to meter only the water that is discharged to the system. The Township shall inspect and approve these metering arrangements. There will be a separate “readiness to serve charge” (RTS) associated with the size of the meter that is installed for sprinkling or other purposes. 

Billing Cycles:

Quarter 1: Jan 1st – March 31st

Quarter 2: April 1st – June 30th

Quarter 3: July 1st – September 30th

Quarter 4: October 1st – December 31st

The Township shall mail bills by the 15th day of the month following the quarter for which the bills are rendered and shall be due and payable on or before the 10th day of the next month. If this date lands on a weekend or holiday, the due date will be by the end of day on the next business day. Customers whose bills are not paid on or before the due date shall have a penalty charge equal to eight percent of the amount of the bill added thereto. Customers whose bills remain unpaid on the 20th day of the month shall receive a second and final bill, which shall include the penalty amount and a shut off notice for the public water service if the amount is not paid within 5 days of the date of the final bill. If the bill remains unpaid after 5 days of the shut off notice the customer’s public water service shall be shut off immediately without further notice and will only be restored when the entire amount of the water bill plus the penalty is paid.

Water/Sewer bill payments may be made via any of the following options:

  1. Automatically – By submitting an ACH agreement form for reoccurring payments.
  2. Online by Debit/Credit card or by electronic check.
  3. By mail to Pere Marquette Charter Township - 1699 S Pere Marquette Hwy Ludington, MI 49431.
  4. In person at the Township Treasurer’s office or via the drop box at 1699 S Pere Marquette Hwy.

*  Please note that Pere Marquette Township is not responsible for postal delays or processing delays through your financial institution’s bill pay system. Your payment must be received by the Township by the due date to avoid a penalty being processed on your account. ~  231.845.1277, ext. 236
Leanne Chaltron, Administrative Assistant
Pere Marquette Charter Township
1699 S. Pere Marquette Hwy.
Ludington, MI  49431