Rates & Fees
Water Rate Schedule
The water bill shall be determined using the monthly water usage and based on whether the user is located inside or outside the City Limits. The table summarizes the rates effective October 1, 2013.
|Usage||Inside City Limits||Outside City Limits|
|Zero Usage (Base Charge)||$4.10 (minimum bill)||$6.15 (minimum bill)|
|All gallons over zero usage||$3.07 per 1,000 gallons||$4.57 per 1,000 gallons|
|Water Storage Rate||$0.19 per 1,000 gallons||$0.19 per 1,000 gallons|
The cities of Baxter and Algood, and all utility districts shall pay rates as established by contract with the City of Cookeville.
The rates listed above are net. In the event that any bill is not paid within 15 days from the date of the bill, there shall be added to the bill an amount equal to 5% of the bill. To any amount remaining unpaid 30 days after the date of the bill, there shall be added a penalty of 1%, and an additional 1% shall be added at the end of each successive 30 day period until the amount is paid in full.
Sewer Rate Schedule
Residences and places of business where sewer is considered available shall pay the following rates regardless of whether or not they are connected to the sewer effective October 1, 2013:
- Zero Usage (minimum charge) $5.50
- All gallons over zero usage $4.51 per 1,000 gallons.
- Charges and fees for sewer service are based on normal domestic wastewater with the following characteristics:
- BOD5 300 milligrams per liter (mg/l) COD 800 mg/l
- Suspended Solids 300 mg/l TKN 60 mg/l
- Oil and Grease 100 mg/l NH3-N 30 mg/l
The charges and fees for all waste waters which exceed the concentrations for normal domestic wastewater shall be based upon a surcharge as contained in the Sewer Use Ordinance.
Sewer Connection Charge
No residence or business located outside of the City Limits may connect to the Sanitary Sewer System. Any person desiring to connect to the municipal sewer system shall pay a connection charge as listed provided sewer service is available. Effective January 1, 2013 any person desiring to connect to the municipal sewer system shall submit a valid plumbing permit issued by the City of Cookeville Codes Department and pay a connection charge as listed provided sewer service is available.
|Type of Location||Inside City Limits||Outside City Limits|
|Multi-residence, apartments, motels||$1,000 + $200 per unit||$1,250 + $200 per unit|
|Office Buildings||$1,000 + $200 per restroom||$1,250 + $200 per restroom|
|Industrial Building||$1,000 + $200 per restroom||$1,250 + $200 per restroom|
|Restaurants||$1,000 + $200 per restroom||$1,250 + $200 per restroom|
|Service Station, garage, or retail store||$1,000 + $200 per restroom||$1,250 + $200 per restroom|
|Supermarkets or grocery store||$1,000 + $200 per restroom, or $250 if using shredder||$1,250 + $200 per restroom, or $250 if using shredder|
|Schools, Daycare, Public Bldg.||$1,000 + $200 per restroom||$1,250 + $200 per restroom|
|Self-service laundry||$1,000 + $50 per washing machine||$1,250 + $50 per washing machine|
Any sewer connections not listed shall be computed on an individual basis as deemed necessary by the City of Cookeville. Sewer service shall be considered available if a sewer line is within 100 feet of the customer’s property and the living quarters of a residence or the work areas of a commercial or industrial building can be connected. If sewer is available, upon payment of the charges the department shall provide a sewer connection at the customers property line - the point of connection to be determined by the department. If sewer service is not considered available the cost to extend to the property shall be paid by the customer.
Subdivisions & Developments
In Subdivisions where the sewer system, including lateral to the customers property, has been installed by the developer, the connection charge shall be $50. In subdivisions or developments, where the sewer main has been extended through a cost-sharing agreement, approved by the City Council, the connection charge shall be the full price as noted in 18-208(4) of the City Code.
No sewer main or lateral shall serve property outside the city limits of Cookeville unless approved by the City Council.
Water Connection Charges
A. Except as provided in paragraph B, the following connection charges apply:
- Effective January 1, 2013 the customers shall pay the following water connection fee established at the time of meter installation.
|Meter Size||Inside City Limits||Outside City Limits|
|5/8" x 3/4"||$1,200||$1,300|
|Over 2 inches||Cost of Labor, Overhead and Materials|
Includes furnishing and installing the meter, meter box and up to 100′ of water service line to the customer’s property. The entire installation remains the property of the City.
B. Effective January 1, 2013 water connection charges within subdivisions both inside and outside the City Limits where the water system has been installed at the expense of the developer, including the meter box and service line to the customers property, shall be $350.
C. Connections for fire protection: The customer shall pay the Department the total cost of materials, labor and overhead to provide the connection at the customer’s property line. The estimated cost of making the connection shall be paid prior to the connection being made. After the actual cost of the connection is determined, the customer shall be refunded any over-payment they may have made or shall be billed for any under-payment.
Additional Charges & Fees
- Industrial User Discharge Permit Fee Compatible Pollutants: $750 per year
- All Other Discharges: $1,200 per year
- Pretreatment Administrative Cost: Basis of Industrial User Discharge Permit Fee
- Holding Tank Discharge Permit Fee: $50 per year
- Monitoring, Maintenance and Analysis: Actual Cost