Sewer user fees and surcharge rates

All sanitary sewer user fees are based on water consumption as an approximation of sewer use into the facility. The consumption amount is provided by the water service supplier (Kentucky American Water Co.) and is based on water meter readings. Provision is made in each sewer user schedule for water not discharged to the sewer system (e.g., irrigation, pool filling). Additionally, all sanitary sewer users are permitted to contract with Kentucky American Water Co. for a separate irrigation meter to supply water used in irrigation or other uses not discharged to the sanitary sewer system. This meter will not be subject to sewer user fees 

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s rate schedule is broken into two tiers. Schedule A (residential) and Schedule B (non-residential). 

2020 Rates

Rates July 1, 2020 -- June 30, 2021

Schedule A: 
Applies to single family dwellings or multi-unit dwellings which are individually metered.

First unit (0-100 cubic feet)  $7.36

Each additional unit (100 cubic feet)  $5.54

The spring/summer sewer user fee is charged on the lower of actual consumption or the previous fall/winter consumption average. This will allow for pool filling and landscape watering during spring/summer months. New customers with no fall/winter average are charged at a rate of 90 percent of water consumption until the fall quarter begins.

Schedule B: 
Applies to all users not classified under schedule A. 

First unit (0-100 cubic feet)  $8.94

Each additional unit (100 cubic feet)  $6.75

In excess of per lb charge 

Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)  250 mg/l  $1.215

Suspended Solids  250 mg/l  $1.005

Ammonia Nitrogen  25 mg/l  $3.052

The urban county government permits Schedule B users to install exclusion meters for the purpose of excluding from sewer user fees any water not returned to the sewer system. For more information on exclusion meters, please call (859) 425-2409.

Schedule A Social Security/Disability Rate Adjustment  
Any user subject to Schedule A who is the legal title/leaseholder/renter of the benefited property who is age sixty-five (65) or older or who is receiving social security disability benefits and whose annual household income (as defined in section 16-59.1 of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Charter and Code of Ordinance) is twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) or less, said amount of income to be adjusted annually in accordance with the Social Security Administration’s cost of living adjustment, can apply for a discount. Upon acceptance for the discount, said user’s bill shall be decreased by thirty (30) percent of the billing amount or the amount of the rate for the first unit of usage, whichever is greater.

For more information, please contact Adult and Tenant Services at (859) 300-5300.