Sewer Use Fees
Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Sewer Rate: $3.40 per CCF
The Town of Fairfield's sanitary sewer system is overseen by the Water Pollution Control Authority Board of Commissioners and managed by the Town's Sewer (WPCA) Department. Funding for its operation and maintenance comes from the sewer use fees paid by the 15,000 plus users of the system, not Town tax dollars.
There are no meters in place to measure actual use of the sanitary sewer by an individual property owner. A property owner's sewer usage fee is based on estimated water consumption at the property.
Please read below for details on estimating consumption, fee calculations and billing.
Estimating Water Consumption
A property owner's estimated annual water consumption is calculated using Aquarion Water Company's consumption data from approximately November 1 of the prior year through March 31 of the year billed. The five months of data is then multiplied by 2.4 to approximate a full year (twelve months) of consumption. The measurement period selected eliminates usage for watering, pool filling, etc.
Consumption is measured in CCFs (one CCF = 100 cubic feet of water or 748 gallons).
The Town of Fairfield purchases actual consumption figures from Aquarion. Your individual consumption history can be found on your Aquarion bill. For questions on water consumption contact Aquarion Water at 203-337-5991.
Setting the Sewer Rate
The Sewer Rate is set annually by the WPCA's Board of Commissioners at a September 2017 public hearing. The hearing is open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend.
Calculating Your Sewer Use Fee
The sewer use fee for each individual property is determined by multiplying the property's estimated water consumption for the current year times the current year's sewer rate:
Estimated Water Consumption x Sewer Rate = Sewer Use Fee
There is currently an annual minimum charge of $125.
The sewer use fee is billed annually in October and is due in two equal semi-annual installments (October 1 and the following April 1). There is no reminder or second bill mailed in the spring.
The bill is for sewer use for the WPCA's current fiscal year (July 1 of the year billed through June 30 of the following year). Similar to property taxes, the current property owner is responsible for the current year's sewer use fee.
Sewer use bills are sent out by the Sewer (WPCA) Department. Collection of sewer fees is managed by the Tax Collector's Office.
Rates are set by the Water Pollution Control Authority at a public hearing each September. Click here to see a history of sewer rates.
If you have questions regarding your water consumption or water bill, contact Aquarion Water at 203-337-5991.
If you have any questions regarding your sewer bills, contact the Sewer Office.