Water Department Rates & Fees

The Harwich Water Department bills twice per year in March and September. Water rates are based upon consumption; inclining block rates are set to encourage conservation. Thus, the highest users pay a higher rate, so using less water will save you money. Click Here to see how bills are calculated using the tier rate method.

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RATES AND FEES

WATER RATES    
  Rate/Fee Notes
Base Rate 70.00 Semi-Annually
0 – 15,000 Gallons 1.29 Per 1,000 Gallons
15,001 – 30,000 Gallons 2.65 Per 1,000 Gallons
30,001 – 70,000 Gallons 3.95 Per 1,000 Gallons
70,001 + Remaining Gals 5.72 Per 1,000 Gallons
     
FIRE PROTECTION    
Residential 80.00 Semi-Annual Billing
Commercial  130.00 Semi-Annual Billing
     
BACKFLOW PREVENTION TEST FEES  FREQUENCY OF INSPECTION IS BASED ON DEVICE TYPE  
First Device 70.00 Per Device (Annual or Semi-Annual)
Re-Test  45.00 Per Device
Backflow/Cross-Connection Survey 100.00 Hour
     
SERVICE TIGHT PROTECTION PLAN    
Up to and Including 2” Water Service 68.00 Per Year, Billed Annually
     
ADMINISTRATIVE & COLLECTION FEES    
Notice Fee – Violation | Collection 10.00 Per Violation | Collection Notice
Copies (950 CMR 32.06) 0.05 Each
Research Request 22.00 Per Hour
Return Check Fee 25.00 Per Item
Demand Charge 50.00 Per Demand Notice
Unauthorized Hydrant Use 1,000.00 Each Offense
Tampering Fee (MGL, Chapter 65, §11):Triple the amount of damages sustained thereby or $1,000.00
     
SERVICE FEES    
Service Call During Working Hours 50.00 Per hour
Service Call After Working Hours (3:30 p.m.) 150.00 Fee for up to 4 hours
Missed Appointment 50.00 Fee
Electrician Labor/Water Services Only 50.00 Per hour
Transfer of Property Request 60.00 Per request
Seasonal Turn On/Off or Plumbing Test 50.00 Each 
Out-of-Rotation On/Off  150.00 Fee
Reconnection Fee 50.00 Per hour (doesn’t include cost for turn off)
Markout Request 1-2 requests 25.00 Per markout ($25 each request)
Markout Request more than 2  50.00 Per hour
Inspection Fee 150.00  
Meter Test 3.00 Plus 1 hr. service call
Hydrant Use Setup 100.00 Setup and 1st 1000 gals.
Hydrant Use Consumption 20.00 Per 1,000 gals., after 1st 1000
Private Hydrant Inspection 50.00 Per Hour
     
SERVICE TAP INSTALLATION  DOES NOT INCLUDE PRICE OF METER AND VALVE  
Service Tap up to 1”  Quote Subject to Quote
Service Renewal -Existing Tap Only Quote Subject to Quote
Larger Service Taps Quote Subject To Quote
2” Residential Fire Sprinkler Tap 350.00 Each
6” Commercial Fire Sprinkler Tap 600.00 Each
Receipt for service installation charge must be presented to Building Inspector for Building permit.
Service Tap installation includes labor, equipment and parts.  Meter and valve priced separately.
     
WATER MAIN TAP OR TIE IN  DOES NOT INCLUDE TRENCH PERMIT  
6” Tap 600.00  
8” Tap 700.00  
10” Tap 800.00  
12” Tap 900.00  
Trench Permit 25.00  
     
METERS FEES EFFECTIVE 10/30/15    
5/8” E-Coder 359.82  
3/4" E-Coder 478.25  
1” E-Coder 597.85  
1-1/2” E-Coder 1,028.54  
2” E-Coder 1,242.59  
2” E-Coder Compound 3,100.22  
3” E-Coder 4,407.30  
4” E-Coder 5,597.27  
Remote Reader Replacement 113.05 Plus 1 hr. service call
     
METER REPLACEMENT DISCOUNT FROZEN/DAMAGED        
Meter Age Less than 10 years old No Discount (see meter prices) 
Meter Age 10 years 50% Discount
Meter Age 11 years 55% Discount
Meter Age 12 years 60% Discount
Meter Age 13 years 65% Discount
Meter Age 14 years 70% Discount
Meter Age 15 years 75% Discount
Meter Age 16 years 80% Discount
Meter Age 17 years 85% Discount
Meter Age 18 years 90% Discount
Meter Age 19 years 95% Discount
Meter Age 20 years No Charge  
Discounts will not be given if customer or representative is negligent of meter tampering
Replacement pricing does not include labor for service call  
     
SPECIAL SERVICES  PER HOUR PER TECH Regular Overtime
Labor 50.00 150.00
One Man/One Truck 50.00 150.00
Two Men/One Truck 100.00 300.00
Compressor or Const. Trailer 70.00 n/a
Dump Truck F-750 80.00 n/a
Mini Excavator 80.00 n/a
Backhoe 80.00 n/a

DISCLOSURE:  Overtime rate is for up to 4 hours.  Service calls and labor for emergency calls on a Holiday is addtional and approximately double the overtime rate pricing above.

The rates above are effective as of March 17, 2015 unless noted otherwise