Why is the sewer charge collected via the property tax, and not the water bill?
Three different water purveyors (City of Norwalk, Golden State Water, and Liberty Utilities) provide water to the community. The City of Norwalk only provides water service to a small portion of the City and does not have access to other water purveyors' billing records to be able to place the charge on their bills.
How is the sewer charge collected?
The sewer charge is collected from each property owner through the Los Angeles County Assessor property tax bill. If you pay your property tax in two installments, the annual fee you owe will be split into two payments.
What is the fee for condominiums or townhomes?
Condos and townhomes have the same fee as the average single family home using a 3/4” or 5/8” meter.
How do I know what my sewer charge is?
The size of your water meter is listed on the front page of your water bill. For single family homes, the average water meter size is 3/4” and 5/8”. Once you know your meter size, please refer to the sewer charge notice to determine your monthly charge.
How is the sewer charge assessed?
The sewer charge is based on the water meter size at property.
Don’t I already pay for sewer service through other city taxes, etc?
No. Prior to 2013, the City had never collected a sewer fee from property owners. The large majority of cities in the area pay either a City sewer fee or a County sewer fee, depending on whether the County maintains their system. The average monthly city sewer fee for other cities is anywhere from $7.00 to $15.00 a month. This includes cities like Downey, Brea, Fullerton, and Whittier.
Why is there a sewer fee?
The city’s sewer system was mostly built back in the 1950s. The system is in need of sewer line upgrades and repairs/replacements to prevent the system from having major sewer spills, which would impact the health and safety of the Community.
How many dogs and cats can I have?
A combination of three dogs and cats over 4 months old are allowed for each residential dwelling.