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Non-Sewered Water Credit June 2017 Brochure Non-Sewered Water Credit Savings Example Total water purchased from the water agency: 1000 CcF/year* Water evaporated in cooling tower: 100 CcF/year Water used in irrigation: 50 CcF/year Total non-sewered water: 100 CcF/yr + 50 CcF/yr = 150 CcF/yr Total sewered water: 1,000 CcF/yr -150 CcF/yr = 850 CcF/year Volume charge on sewer bill before non- sewerd water credit: 1,000 CcF/yr X $3.97/CcF** = $3,970.00/year Volume charge on sewer bill after non- sewered water credit: 850 CcF/yr X $3.97/CcF** = $3,374.50/year Savings from non-sewered water credit: $3,970.00/yr – $3,374.50/yr = $595.50/year * A Ccf is a unit for measuring water. One Ccf is equal to 100 cubic feet of water or about 750 gallons. ** $3.97/CcF was the MSD volume charge as of July 1, 2017. This rate may change in the future. There also are other charges on your sewer bill. Who We Are The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s (MSD) mission is to responsibly provide sewer service and stormwater management to protect the public’s health and safety. Established by a vote of the citizens of the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County in 1954, MSD today serves a population of approximately 1.4 million. MSD is responsible for one of the largest and most complex sewer systems in the United States, represented by the maintenance and operations activities we perform on over 9,600 miles of sewer lines. MSD wastewater treatment facilities process an average of 330 million gallons of wastewater everyday. At MSD, we work closely with the communities we serve and prioritize our resources to make the greatest impact for our customers in the shortest time possible. With a clear focus on customer service, we establish priorities and deliver effective performance. Non-Sewered Water Credit How you can lower your sewer bill Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District 24-hour Hotline 314.768.6260 Web site: www.stlmsd.com Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Division of Environmental Compliance 10 East Grand Avenue St. Louis, MO 63147-2913 Phone: 314.768.6260 Purpose Sewer bills are calculated based on a facility's consumption, or the amount of water the facility purchases from the water supplier. Industrial and commercial customers may apply for a reduction in wastewater service charges when some of the water they use does not enter the sewer system. The volume of water not entering the sewer must be measured and documented to receive the credit. The amount of purchased water that is discharged to MSD, when expressed as a percentage of the total consumption, is called a return factor. The return factor is applied to the water consumption volume on MSD's sewer bills to calculate the volume charge for the amount of water discharged to MSD. Return factor reviews are administered by the MSD Division of Environmental Compliance (DEC). Water not entering the sewer is described in the MSD user rate Ordinance available on MSD’s web site located at www.stlmsd.com. Typical Non-Sewered Sources Generally, most sources of non-sewered water are described by one of the following categories:  Water-in-Product  Cooling Tower Evaporation  Irrigation How to Apply Download an application from www.stlmsd.com, under the What We Do > Industrial Customers menu, and email it directly to MSD at rfquest@stlmsd.com. Or call the MSD Finance Department at (314) 768-6200 and ask for an Application for Reduction of Sewer Charges for Non-Sewered Water. Then complete, sign, and mail the application back to MSD. Requirements When DEC receives a completed and signed Application for Reduction of Sewer Charges for Non-Sewered Water, DEC contacts the customer to set up a meeting and review non- sewered sources. Customers then meter the non-sewered water for one year and document the meter readings on forms provided by DEC. Meters must be installed at the customer’s expense. For example, make-up and blowdown meters can be used to determine cooling tower evaporation. One meter can be used to meter an irrigation area. Production records can be used to determine water-in-product. A return factor is applied to the customer’s future sewer bills after MSD receives a signed application and when the documentation of non-sewered sources is complete. Update Reviews DEC performs periodic reviews of existing return factor customers. In addition, customers may re-apply for additional credit for new and existing non-sewered sources at any time by calling our Finance Department and submitting a new application. Questions If you have specific questions about the MSD Return Factor program before you apply and wish to speak to someone within DEC, please call (314) 436-8710. Additional Savings As a good steward of the environment, MSD wants to notify customers that the best way to lower your sewer bills and help the environment at the same time is by practicing water conservation. Low usage plumbing fixtures and recycling can help achieve this. More information about water conservation can be found by contacting the following organizations: American Water Works Association http://www.awwa.org, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/watersense/ Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District 24-hour Hotline 314.768.6260 Web site: www.stlmsd.com