Water and Sewer Rates and Services

Water Systems


The City of Rochester has two separate water systems. The eastern half of the city is served by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) water system. A municipal well field serves the western half of the city, which is located off of North Livernois Road. 

Water from the GLWA system contains 1.0 to 1.1 mg/L of Fluoride and the water from the city’s well contains 0.5 mg/L of fluoride with a hardness level of 19 grains. The presence of these elements does not pose a health risk. For more information about Rochester’s water quality please contact the DPW at 248-651-5165 or see Rochester's Municipal Water Ordinances 

Sewer System


The Department of Public Works handles routine maintenance of sewer mains within the City of Rochester. That portion of the sewer that is located between the house and the connection to the city’s sewer main is the responsibility of the resident to maintain.



Water and Sewer Rates

Rates 2014 - 2015 2015 - 2016 2016 - 2017
GLWA  $4.05 / per unit

No MEU
$4.87 / per unit

Water ready-to-serve rate (quarterly): $4.94 / per MEU
$5.24 / per unit

Water ready-to-serve rate (quarterly): $5.12 / per MEU
Well Water $1.33 / per unit

No MEU
 $0.84 / per unit

Water ready-to-serve rate (quarterly): $6.67 / per MEU
$0.86 / per unit

Water ready-to-serve rate (quarterly): $6.92 / per MEU
Sewer $3.62 / per unit

No MEU
$3.09 / per unit

Sewer ready-to-serve rate (quarterly): $31.99 / per MEU
$3.09 / per unit

Sewer ready-to-serve rate (quarterly): $31.99 / per MEU
* One unit is equal to 100 cubic feet              

* MEU (meter equivalent unit). Fixed quarterly cost associated with the size of your water meter. Each meter size has a multiplier to MEU as noted on the table below