Understanding Your Bill

To help you understand your water bill, please refer to the image below and the corresponding descriptions.

water bill sample

A. BILL DATE is the date that the bill was generated. DUE DATE is the date which payment is required to be received by the District. In accordance with Section 3.5 “Penalties For Non-Payment and Arrearages” of the District Ordinances, payment must be made within thirty (30) days of the bill date. Should the due date occur on a weekend or holiday, the next business day will take effect as the due date. A ten percent (10%) penalty of the amount due and unpaid for thirty (30) days or longer will be assessed.

B. READ DATES indicate the period of time of water usage between meter reads. The earlier date indicates the prior read date from the end of previous billing cycle and the later date indicates the date of the current meter reading.

C. METER READING indicates the actual meter readings for the respective read dates above.

D. CONSUMPTION 1,000 U.S. GAL indicates the amount of water usage as registered through your water meter based on the read dates above. The number is represented in thousands of gallons. For example, a usage/consumption of 13 would represent 13,000 gallons consumed.

E. CURRENT CHARGES indicates the cost of water for the usage period of this invoice. Water bills are calculated using the water rates indicated on your invoice. For example, if 13,000 gallons were consumed the following calculations are made according to the District’s current water rates:

Usage of 13,000 Gallons Sample Calculation
Gallons Used
Tier Cost Billed Usage Amount
Up to 8,000 Gallons Minimum $16.00 minimum 8 $16.00
9,000 to 30,000 Tier 1 $1.99 per 1,000 gallons 5 $9.95
31,000 to 50,000 Tier 2 $2.40 per 1,000 gallons 0 $0.00
51,000 to 70,000 Tier 3 $2.70 per 1,000 gallons 0 $0.00
71,000 to 125,000 Tier 4 $3.00 per 1,000 gallons 0 $0.00
Over 125,000 Tier 5 $3.25 per 1,000 gallons 0 $0.00
Total Quarterly Bill = $25.95

F.  TOTAL AMOUNT DUE indicates current cost of water usage. This amount also takes into account any prior balances and/or penalties assessed on your account.

G. CURRENT WATER RATES OF PLAINVIEW WATER DISTRICT: The current rate structure has been a long standing tier system not unlike many other Districts on Long Island. Plainview Water District maintains a tier-based rate structure intended to promote water conservation. The rate structure has five tiers based on water use/consumption as shown. This increase in cost of water based on usage provides incentives for customers to conserve water. The lowest price block or tier typically corresponds to an amount of water sufficient to meet basic indoor needs like drinking and bathing. Each subsequent tier charges a higher rate and is designed to discourage households from using water for non-essential things such as excessive irrigation and swimming pools.