Water Billing System

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The City of Tampa billing system is set up in such a way that the majority of our customer's receive an "average" bill one month then the next month an "actual" read bill. Below is an example of an "average" bill.  Mouse over the colored portions to read explanations.

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Water Bill Explained 
Billing Units: 1 billing unit = 100 cubic feet (ccf) of water (748 gallons of water) Averaged vs. Actual Meter Reading Bill: Most meters are read bimonthly (every two months), but billing occurs monthly. One is a water usage AVERAGE, which is an estimate based on the past year of consumption.  One is the ACTUAL METER READING for the previous two months of water usage. The month's payment is a credit toward the total bimonthly water usage charge. You can tell whether your bill is an averaged bill or a actual meter reading bill by looking in the Meter Reading field (yellow box above) if there is a number in there than you have a Meter Reading bill. If the Meter Reading field is blank and you have an "A" next to units used number than you have an AVERAGED bill. Usage Threshold: Are based on the average bi-monthly water usage throughout our service area, and are expressed in ccf units. Thresholds are averaged according to customer class.  Average Monthly Water Usage Table 

Customer Classification| Average Monthly Water Use For Fiscal Year 2007 (in ccf)| Average Monthly Water Use For Fiscal Year 2008 (in ccf)| | Average Monthly Water Use For Fiscal Year 2009 (in ccf)| | Single Family Residential| 9| 8| 8|

 Apartment, per unit| 5| 5| 5|
Hotel, per room| 4| 4| 3|
Office Building, per 1,000 sq. ft.| 3| 3| 2|
Small Commercial| 14| 13| 12|
Medium Commercial| 109| 97| 90|
Large Commercial| 767| 752| 716|
Small Industrial| 23| 22| 20|
Medium Industrial| 159| 243| 137|
Large Industrial| 1615| 1423| 1308|
The Tampa Water Department bills in units of ccfs. 1 ccf (100 cubic feet) = 748 gallons  
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Water Meter Installation Charges
Meter Size | Peak Flow Rate (gpm) | Application Fee | Deposit | Meter Installation | 3/4"| 0 - 20| $50| $45| $665|
1"| 21-50| $50| $60| $715|
1 1/2"| 51-100| $70| $105| $990|
2"| 101-160| $70| $150| $1,035|
If water service has existed at the location within the past five (5) years, a $70 meter reinstallation fee will be charged provided the service line meets current engineering standards. Contact Water Department Planning Section at (813) 274-8121 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (813) 274-8121      end_of_the_skype_highlighting regarding fees and deposits for meters larger than two (2) inches.  Top of Page

Water Connection Fees
Meter Specifications | Buildings Existing
Prior to 10/1/97 | New Construction |
Size | Flow Rate (gpm)| Inside City | Outside City | Inside City | Outside City | 3/4"| 0 - 20| $2,800| $2,800| $2,800| $3,500|
1"| 21-50| $7,000| $7,000| $7,000| $8,750|
1 1/2"| 51-75| $10,500| $10,500| $10,500| $13,125|
1 1/2" | 76-100| $14,000| $14,000 | $14,000 | $17,500 | 2"| 101-125| $17,500| $17,500| $17,500| $21,875|
2"| 126-150| $21,000| $21,000| $21,000| $26,250|
2" or 3"| 151-200| $28,000| $28,000| $28,000| $35,000| 3"| 201-300| $42,000| $42,000| $42,000| $52,500|
3" or 4"| 301-500| $70,000| $70,000| $70,000| $87,500| 4"| 501-750| $105,000| $105,000| $105,000| $131,250|
4"| 751-1000| $140,000| $140,000| $140,000| $175,000| 6"| 1001-1500| $210,000| $210,000| $210,000| $262,500| 6" or 8"| 1501-3000| $420,000| $420,000| $420,000| $525,000| Additional fees...
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