Utility rate increase

At the March 25, 2019, City Council meeting the council discussed utility rate charges (water, sanitary sewer, storm water.)  This discussion followed a presentation at the annual retreat in February about the financial condition of the enterprise funds and ensuring revenues are sufficient to cover future operating and capital expenses. 

These three utility funds, as well as the recycling fund are considered enterprise funds.  This means that those functions operate as businesses, and the rates that each of the funds charge are expected to cover the expenses.  It is important to note that property taxes are not used to support the activities of the enterprise funds.  Those activities include operations, capital expenditures, and debt service (if any.)

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  • If you have questions concerning your utility bills or for commercial rates, contact Michelle Nguyen, 952.960.7904.
  • If you have questions concerning your water service, water meters, storm water or your sanitary sewer service, call Public Works at 952.960.7914.

Online Utility Bill Payment

utilitiy bill paymentThe City of Shorewood now offers online utility bill payment services by credit card. There is no added fee to charge your utility bill payment. To set up your account, have your bill and account number available and click on the utility bill payment button. Follow the instructions. If you have questions, please contact Finance at 952.960.7904.

Billing Dates

Residents are billed quarterly the first week of January, April, July and October for utilities. Bills are due by the end of the billing moth. Residents may mail payments to city hall, use the 24-hour drop-box at city hall, drop the payment off in person, sign up for autoPay, pay online.

Franchise Fees

The City of Shorewood negotiated with CenterPoint Energy in 2017, and Xcel Energy in 2018 to establish franchises fees. They will appear as a line item on your bill as “City Franchise fee” . The fee is $4 per month for each utility for those with single-family type meters. The City Council has committed that these funds be dedicated for street improvement projects.

Billing Rates

Municipal Water 

Water meters are read each quarter and the amount used is rounded to the nearest 1,000 gallons of usage and billed accordingly.

  • $20.18 per quarter for the first 5,000 gallons.
  • $3.41 per 1,000 gallons in excess of 5,000 gallons up to 50,000 gallons.
  • $4.90 per thousand gallons in excess of 50,000 gallons per quarter.

Sanitary Sewage

  • $86.76 per quarter.


  • $14 per quarter per household.

Stormwater Management

The residential rate is determined by lot size.

  • Less than 10,000 sq. ft. = $20.73
  • 10,000 – 50,000 sq. ft. =$29.60
  • Lot excess 50,000 sq. ft. = $38.53