Find Utility Rates, Fees and Connection Charges

Hoover Dam

Find current utility rates, charts that detail the various service charges, fees associated with connecting to city water and/or sewer, fire hydrants, power, festival rates & more. Average costs includes what an average bill runs, running toilets & faucets, outdoor watering and filling a swimming pool.

Customer Portal & Paperless Billing Options
Visit our Customer Portal to sign up for eBill, pay online with a check or credit card, auto pay and more.

2024 Utility Rates
View the 2024 water/sewer rate chart(PDF, 823KB) (effective 1/1/2024) for residential & commercial usage, service charges, fire protection & master meter communities.
View the power rate chart(PDF, 382KB) which includes an average bill. 

Water Connection Charges
Tapping charges, meter charges and system capacity charges, based on size of tap, meter and location are provided. Includes associated forms required for connecting to city water services.

Sewer Connection Charges
To verify if a property is eligible for sanitary sewer service from the City of Columbus, please contact DOSD's Permit Desk 614-645-7490. Connection charges, permit fees & additional information follows.

Private Sewer Agreement
This form(PDF, 316KB) is required to obtain permission to construct a private sanitary sewer discharging into the City Sewerage System, in accordance with City Standard Specifications. More About Private Sewer Agreement.

Sewer Construction Inspection Deposit Rates
Construction inspection deposit rates are provided for sanitary and storm sewer projects. Includes a description of how the deposit amount is calculated.

Fire Hydrants
Temporary hydrant use permits are available for new construction, nurseries, filling community swimming pools, water hauling, dust control & demolition. Find available hydrants, contact info, permit request form, fire protection rates & more.

Electricity Commercial Services
Rates for electricity, private area lighting, festival connections, special charges and a glossary of terms are included.

Meter Reading and Bill Calculation
It is recommended you check the meter and remote reader at least once a year, taking the reading from each device to compare with one another. Learn how to find and read your meter and calculate bills. This is especially useful if you receive an unusually high or low bill. Also, learn where the shut-off valve is; you may need this in an emergency if you have a water leak.

Bill Payment
Pay Online and other ways/locations to pay your utility bill. Check for unpaid sewer charges, learn how to reduce your bill, or complete a Tenant Billing Agreement.

Cross-Connection Backflow Control
To ensure there is no cross-connection or back siphoning of contaminated water into the main water supply, those with irrigation systems, auxiliary meters, car washes, pools and others are required to install a backflow prevention device which must be tested annually by a certified contractor.