You’re not using water. You still get a bill. Here’s why.

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I’ve been out of town for weeks or months at a time or I don’t use much water. Why do I still get a bill?

That’s a great question and one that we get often. GWSD users are charged a base rate regardless of water usage. For 2023, there are three base charges that cover water ($87.50), sewage ($139) and capital replacement ($72.07). So even if you use no water or rarely flush your toilet, you will still receive these charges. These rates are always viewable on the Rates page.

These charges are reviewed annually in a proposed budget open to public comment near the end of each calendar year. GWSD’s Board of Directors then approves the budget, typically in the December public meeting.

If you would like to be a part of the decision-making process, or if you just want to better understand what’s happening with your water, we encourage you to get involved. It is not a big time commitment. The Genesee Water and Sanitation District Board Meetings are open to the public and Genesee Water users are encouraged to attend. Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except November and December) at 5 p.m. at our office on 2310 Bitterroot Lane.  Alternatively, join us virtually via Zoom. Visit our website at for Zoom sign-in information.