Elmira Sewer District

Basis for Scale of Charges
County Law Article 5A-Sec. 266
Effective January 1, 2023

User Charges

Customers in the Elmira Sewer District (ESD) receive water from the Elmira Water Board or on private wells. Except for those on private wells, all consumption is metered.

Basic User Charge

The Basic User Charge is $3.27per unit (one unit is 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons).

Bimonthly Charge

Bimonthly water customers who are metered will be billed annually based on water consumption for the nearest available 12 previous months' usage. Monthly water customers will be billed quarterly based on current water consumption.

Annual Charge

A minimum annual charge for metered water customers billed by the Elmira Water Board shall be based upon sixteen (16) units of water per year for a cost of $52.32. An annual charge for residential dwellings using un-metered water (private wells) shall be based upon an estimated 80.2 units of water at $3.27 per unit for a cost of $262.25.

Out of District Users

Out of District customers shall be charged at a rate including sewer user charges and Ad valorem charges as established by the Administrative Board which shall not be less than an in-District customer for the same use charges and Ad valorem charges.

Terms, Conditions & Manner of Payments

Payments may be made without penalty within forty-five (45) days after the billing date.

Penalties for Non-Payment

Bills paid more than 45 days after the billing date will be subject to a penalty of 10%.


Appeals for review of charges shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Director within thirty (30) days of the billing date.

Unpaid User Charges - Lien on Real Property

Unpaid charges shall be a lien upon the real property for which services were provided as of and from the first day fixed for payment of such charges. Said unpaid charges shall be transferred to the County Treasurer on or before the 1st day of December in each year in which property owners are in arrears in payment of said charges for a period of 30 days or more after the last day fixed for payment of such charges without penalty, and collected as provided in Section 266 of County Law.

Discovery of Non-permitted Connection or Non-Connected User Charges

In the event that a sewer connection is discovered without being permitted or it is determined that a permitted sewer connection was not completed, the District shall issue a bill or reimbursement for the previous three years prior to the discovery, and the charges shall be based on the Method of Computation of User Charges.

Residential Septage

Residential septage accepted at the Elmira Wastewater Treatment Facility will be charged a fee of $.06 per gallon, subject to the Sewer Use Law of the County and the Rules and Regulations of this District, and resolution by the Administrative Board as may be required for operation. Sludge, fats, oils, and grease accepted will be charged a fee of $.10 per gallon.  

New User Sewer Connection Permit Fees

The charges for regulating, permitting, and connecting to a public sanitary sewer within the District are based on average costs incurred by the District for such new connections. The proposed fee schedule for each new connection is as follows:

  • $200 per connection - 1 to 2 residential dwelling units
  • $350 per connection - 3 to 6 residential dwelling units
  • $500 per connection - more than 6 residential dwelling units, non-residential