Rates & Charges
Competitiveness and value
MCES strives to keep wastewater rates below the national average for similar-sized utilities. MCES also contributes to the economic vitality of the region through quality and cost-effective wastewater utility management.
The map below compares Metropolitan (Twin Cities) retail rates (city rates which include MCES' wholesale charges) to other publicly owned treatment systems around the country. Information is from the 2014 National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Financial Survey, and compares average annual retail rates (the map includes all agencies that treat more than 100 mgd and reported their rates to NACWA -this was 25 agencies). Of these 25, the Twin Cities region has the seventh lowest average retail sewer rate (ie. 75% have higher rates), which is 40% lower than the average of these 25 peer agencies.
Municipal Residential Wastewater Retail Rates
See: Retail Rate History
Also See: 2018 Survey of Municipal Residential Wastewater Rates
Compare the value
When compared to other household service costs, the Twin Cities average retail charge for sewer service is a bargain. The following graph shows average household costs per month.
1. Cable TV: $78--Average cable bill was $78 in 2011 ($53 for basic no frill service) per market research firm SNL Kagan.
2. Electric: $72--Minnesota average in 2010 per Citizens League.
3. Natural Gas: $58--CenterPoint Energy average residential customer budget plan in February 2012.
4. Wireless Phone: $50--Average cell phone bill per May 2009 Consumer Reports..
5. Phone: $24--Qwest's rate for basic telephone service (2012) including taxes and fees
6. Trash: $21--Average of six haulers in St. Paul for 60 gallon service including taxes and fees per MPCA report Analysis of Waste Collection Service Arrangements dated March 2009.
7. Sewer Service: $18--Average retail rate per household in the Twin Cities metropolitan area in 2010. MCES receives a portion of this amount (about 70%), with the remaining going to city governments.
8. Water Supply: $16--2008 average charge for Minneapolis and St. Paul combined (based on 60,000 gallons/household/year) per Utility Rates Survey from Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services. Rates for most Twin Cities suburbs are about 15 - 50% lower than this.
9. Stormwater Utility fee: $7--Average for St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2007.