Water Rates & Water Operations Fee
There are a number of costs involved in providing water and sewer services to your home:
Water Costs: The Village gets its water from the City of Chicago via the Brookfield-North Riverside Water Commission. The Commission bills the village for its respective portion of metered water at the City of Chicago’s rate plus an additional administrative fee for delivery and maintenance of the Commission’s joint distribution system.
Operational Costs: There are recurring costs for maintaining the entire infrastructure system that transports water from the Commission’s water mains to your property as well as separate costs for the removal of waste and storm water through the Village’s combined sewer system.
The water charges on your bill are broken out to reflect two areas. Current water charges account for the portion of actual metered water used on your property. The water operations fee covers the additional costs of maintaining the entire infrastructure system including the water tower, water meters, water lines and mains, and combined storm and waste water sewer system. Unlike many other villages, North Riverside does not charge a separate sewer fee, but instead instituted a flat fee to recoup the remaining operating and capital costs not recovered by current water rates.
Historically, the village subsidized its water and sewer operations from general operating revenues such as sales tax and other state shared revenues. Unfortunately, this practice could no longer continue for the long term financial health of the Village. Since 2012, the City of Chicago has drastically increased the cost of purchasing Lake Michigan water to suburban communities by over 60%. These increases were outside of our control and forced the Village Board to unanimously vote to increase water rates. This was the fiscally responsible thing to do.
The Village Board has always strived to keep water rates as low as possible while still maintaining the integrity of our infrastructure. Rest assured, strict accounting guidelines prohibit the Village from utilizing money collected for water/sewer operations for other village services.
Mayor Hubert E. Hermanek, Jr.