Clawson water and sewer billing rates to increase

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published June 11, 2019

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CLAWSON — On June 4, the Clawson City Council unanimously approved recommended water and sewer rates, effective July 1.

The billing charge will increase from $18 to $18.72 for water and from $20.10 to $20.70 for sewer. Residents will see the changes on the October 2019 billing cycle.

The city also increased the water consumption rate from $27.40 to $29.85 per 1,000 cubic feet, decreased the sewer consumption rate from $72 to $71.94 per 1,000 cubic feet, and kept the sewer debt fixed charge at $9.

Councilman Howie Airiess moved for the new water and sewer average rate of $150.21 per 1,000 cubic feet to be approved and become effective for water purchased starting with the October 2019 billing cycle.

Mayor Pro Tem Matt Ulbrich requested that City Manager Erin Irwin discuss the agenda item and why the city needed to adopt new rates.

Irwin explained that the increases were the cost of inflation charged to the city by the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority, and Oakland County provided the sewage rates.

“There’s five factors. There would be the SOCWA water rates, there’s the Oakland County bonding rates for our sewers, there’s the sewage rates and then there are two internal rates for water — our billing rates that come at the quarterly cycle and for the sewer rates,” Irwin said.

For the internal rates, he said he used the percentage increases from fiscal year 2018 to fiscal year 2019 and applied them to fiscal year 2020.

“(The percentage increases were) 4% for water and 3% for sewer,” he said.

Councilwoman Susan Moffitt verified with Irwin that the city was just passing along an increase that it received.

For more information, call Clawson City Hall at (248) 435-4500 or visit

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.