How to Read Your Bill
Our goal is to provide you with an informative, detailed statement that helps you better understand your water use and how you are charged for it. Refer to the information in “How Your Bill Is Organized” while looking at the diagram below
If you need additional help understanding your bill, please contact us at 203-562-4020) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Your Bill Is Organized:
- Return Slip: This identifies your total charges and should be included when you mail in your payment.
- Billing Address: This is the address to which the bill is sent. That address may or may not be the same as the Service Address (#12).
- Account Number: Your nine-digit account number appears twice on your bill: on the return slip and on the bottom portion of the bill.
- Current Billing Information: This gives you the billing date and the period during which the water was used. It also provides your current meter reading and your water usage during the most recent billing period and your consumption for the same period last year.
- Payment History & Terms: This area provides information on your last payment and when it was received. It also provides the date by which the bill must be paid in order to avoid interest charges.
- Payment Due Date: Your payment must be received by the payment due date in order to avoid additional interest charges.
- Customer Information: This box provides information that might be useful to you, our customer.
- Voluntary Contribution to The Watershed Fund: You are invited to make a donation to The Watershed Fund, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect water quality throughout the region by acquiring ecologically significant watershed land and by educating citizens as to how they can help preserve the environment and open space on watershed land.
- RWA Contact Information: The Authority's address and the phone number of the Customer Care Center.
- Amount Due: The total amount that you owe, including any unpaid previous balance.
- Remittance Address: The address to which to send your payment along with the return slip.
- Service Address: This is the address where the water was used. It may or may not be the same as the Billing Address (#2).
- Charges and Credits: This area provides the current status of your account including your previous balance (balance forward), the charge for water usage and the service charge and charges for PipeSafe Emergency Protection Water and/or Sewer Repair Plans if you are enrolled. Any credits you might have would also be shown in this box.
- Payment Locations: This area lists the locations where you can pay your bil in person.
The Charges on Your Water Bill:
There are a variety of fees identified on your bill. The following are typical charges you will find on your bill:
- This charge pays for the fixed costs of providing water to your home so water is there any time you turn on a faucet. These costs are based on meter size and are intended to cover the costs of meter reading, accounting, billing, customer service and any other costs that are directly related to you, the customer.
- This charge pays for treating and distributing water. It reflects the amount of water you have used during the last billing period. Consumption is measured in CCF’s (1 CCF = 100 cubic feet of water) and is measured as it flows by the metering point (meter).
- PipeSafe Emergency Protection Water and/or Sewer Repair Quarterly Charges: If you are enrolled in the PipeSafe Emergency Protection Water and/or Sewer Repair programs, you will see these charges in the Charges area of your bill.
If you want to dispute a charge on your bill you should immediately contact the Customer Care Center by phone at 203-562-4020 or by email at email@example.com.
The back of your water bill contains important information on the charges on your bill (see above), a note about employee identification, information on The Watershed Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of watershed land and environmental education, and what a residential customer should do if you have a dispute with your bill. The back of the bill also provides information on how to avoid having your water shut off for a past due balance if someone in your household is seriously ill.
Click here to see a PDF of the back of your water bill.