I kinda' expect a higher than normal bill since the large amount of rain and some winds, my meter sits right by a huge sweet gum tree that did some rockin' and rollin' during the storm and it managed cause a leak in the water line ... of course on my side of the meter. UGH! I didn't discover the leak for several days and it took the CoH about 3 days to get someone out to check it. Then because of all the area problems, it took yet another 3 days to get a plumber out to fix it. Then it took him another 2 days to actually fix it since he had to cut out some large roots that caused the problem in the first place.
To add to the confusion of drainage fee charges, from the CoH water department:
Explanation of my Drainage Utility Charge
All charges are based on the square footage of actual impervious surface (hard area) on a Benefitted Property, which has been determined by the use of digitized mapping data. "Impervious surface" means any area that does not readily absorb water, such as buildings, patios, driveways, and other covered areas.
The formula for calculating the Annual Drainage Utility Charge of a Benefitted Property involves the multiplication of the following two factors:
The Square Footage of the actual Impervious Surface on your property The Rate (per square foot) applicable to your type of property
All Benefitted Properties are classified by City Ordinance into two categories:
Residential, or Non-Residential
An applicable Rate (per sq. ft. of Impervious Surface) is then applied to the square footage of your classified property, depending on the following:
If your Benefitted Property is defined as Residential -- the applicable rate will be determined by the type of drainage system serving your property:
If your Benefitted Property is defined as Non-Residential ? the rate applicable to your property will be $0.032 per sq. ft., regardless of the type of drainage system serving your property.
If your property is served by a Curb & Gutter Drainage System ? the Rate will be $0.032 per sq. ft of Impervious Surface. If your property is served by an Open Ditch Drainage System ? the rate will be $0.026 per sq. ft. of Impervious Surface.
For billing purposes, your annual Drainage Utility Charge will then be divided by the number of billing cycles pertinent to your property -- either monthly (divided by 12) if your Drainage Utility Charge will be billed on your water bill, or quarterly (divided by 4), if you are not billed for water by the City