Water and sewer cost breakdown

You can see how we use each penny you spend on water and sewer service.

Where your water and sewer dollars go

The graphics explain how we use the water and sewer fees in the city.

Water cost breakdown

Sewer cost breakdown

Water cost breakdown

Get details on exactly what you're paying for when it comes to your water services.

What isn't shown here

Reimbursable work is not shown here.

Private parties reimburse the city for this type of work which includes:

  • Private service line repairs
  • Other work that benefits individual customers and businesses

Where your water dollars go

40 cents

Infrastructure renewal and engineering

Improving and replacing:

  • Equipment
  • Pipelines
  • Facilities

This also includes planning, designing and managing those projects.

23 cents

Production operations and maintenance (O&M)

Running and caring for the systems that produce safe drinking water.

16 cents

Debt service

Payments for debt issued to repair and replace:

  • Equipment
  • Pipeline
  • Facilities
9 cents

City services

Services provided to the water division by other City departments such as:

  • Preparing bills
  • Paying employees
  • Human Resources
  • Providing legal services
  • Caring for computer systems and equipment
9 cents

Distribution O&M and metering

Operating and maintaining:

  • Distribution water pipes
  • Valves and hydrants
  • Water meters and water meter reading equipment
3 cents

Administration and business services

  • Utility management
  • Special projects
  • Business support services including:
    • Financial analysis
    • Warehousing
    • Specialized IT systems and communications


Sewer cost breakdown

Get details on what you're paying for when it comes to your sewer services

If you have questions or need more information, contact us.

Utility Billing customer service


Where your sewer dollars go

50 cents

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES)

Running and caring for the wastewater collection and treatment system.

20 cents

Infrastructure construction

Improving and replacing equipment and facilities.

12 cents

Operations and maintenance and engineering

Running and caring for the sanitary sewer system.

This includes:

  • Pipes
  • Pumps
  • Lift stations
  • Manholes
  • Other infrastructure
9 cents

Debt service

Debt payments issued to repair and replace equipment and facilities.

9 cents

Administration, including Utility Billing Customer Service

  • Utility management
  • Business support services
  • Services provided by other City departments

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Utility Billing Customer Service




Minneapolis Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 620B
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1345


8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Closed on City Holidays

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