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PREFACE
Chapter C HOME RULE CHARTER
Chapter 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
Chapter 5 ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
Chapter 14 AUTHORITIES
Chapter 23 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND COUNCILS
Chapter 36 FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES
Chapter 51 INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM
Chapter 62 PENSIONS
Chapter 70 PERSONNEL
Chapter 77 POLICE DEPARTMENT
Chapter 91 SALARIES AND COMPENSATION
Chapter 120 ALARM SYSTEMS
Chapter 127 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Chapter 141 ANIMALS
Chapter 166 CABLE TELEVISION
Chapter 173 COMMERCIAL LAUNDRY CODE
Chapter 180 CONSTRUCTION CODES
Chapter 185 CONVERSION THERAPY
Chapter 188 CURFEW
Chapter 201 ELECTRIC SERVICE
Chapter 212 FEES
Chapter 219 FIREARMS
Chapter 225 FIREWORKS
Chapter 231 FIRE INSURANCE PROCEEDS
Chapter 237 FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION
Chapter 251 FOOD CODE
Chapter 272 GRAFFITI
Chapter 288 HEALTH AND SAFETY
Chapter 295 HISTORICAL AND CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
Chapter 302 HOUSE NUMBERING
Chapter 308 HOUSING
Chapter 317 INVASIVE PLANTS AND NOXIOUS WEEDS
Chapter 325 LAW ENFORCEMENT
Chapter 328 LEAD-BASED PAINT
Chapter 332 LIBRARY
Chapter 339 LICENSES AND PERMITS
Chapter 346 LITTER AND ADVERTISING MATERIAL
Chapter 353 LOITERING AND PANHANDLING
Chapter 364 MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Chapter 378 MUNICIPAL CLAIMS AND LIENS
Chapter 387 NOISE
Chapter 396 PARKS AND RECREATION
Chapter 403 PAWNBROKERS
Chapter 410 PEDDLING AND SOLICITING
Chapter 424 POLES
Chapter 431 PROPERTY SALES
Chapter 433 PUBLIC ART
Chapter 438 RAIN BARRELS
Chapter 442 RECORDS, PUBLIC ACCESS
Chapter 453 SALES
Chapter 460 SCRAP METAL DEALERS
Chapter 467 SEWERS AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL
Chapter 473 SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES
Chapter 479 SIDEWALK CAFES
Chapter 485 SIGNS
Chapter 496 SOLID WASTE
Chapter 502 STORAGE FACILITIES
Chapter 505 STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
Chapter 508 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS
Chapter 515 SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 521 SUSTAINABILITY
Chapter 536 TAMPERING WITH PUBLIC PROPERTY
Chapter 540 TATTOO AND PIERCING ESTABLISHMENTS
Chapter 543 TAX ABATEMENTS
Chapter 546 TAX AMNESTY PROGRAM
Chapter 549 TAXATION
Chapter 555 TREES
Chapter 564 VEHICLE NUISANCES, STORAGE OF
Chapter 570 VEHICLE REPAIR SHOPS
Chapter 576 VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
Chapter 583 VENDING MACHINES
Chapter 600 ZONING
Chapter A610 ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY
Chapter A611 BOND ISSUES AND LOANS
Chapter A612 FRANCHISE AND SERVICES
Chapter A613 GOVERNMENTAL AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
Chapter A614 PLAN APPROVAL
Chapter A615 PUBLIC PROPERTY
Chapter A616 SEWERS
Chapter A617 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS
Chapter A618 WATER
Chapter A619 ZONING; PRIOR ORDINANCES
Chapter DT DERIVATION TABLE
Chapter DL DISPOSITION LIST
§ 467-103.  Sewer service rental.
[Amended 12-31-1975 by Ord. No. 50-1975; 9-29-1976 by Ord. No. 29-1976; 4-25-1979 by Ord. No. 10-1979; 4-1-1982 by Ord. No. 13-1982; 12-31-1986 by Ord. No. 113-1986; 3-1-1995 by Ord. No. 26-1995; 9-27-1995 by Ord. No. 98-1995; 12-13-2004 by Ord. No. 53-2004; 12-15-2006 by Ord. No. 102-2006; 12-27-2011 by Ord. No. 73-2011; 12-9-2013 by Ord. No. 81-2013]
   A.   The sewer service rental is divided into a meter service charge and a volumetric service charge for properties with a water meter. To the extent a property does not have a water meter and is subject to a gross fixed or flat water rate, the monthly sewer service rental for such property shall equal 150% of the fixed or flat water rates assessed to such property by the Reading Area Water Authority or its successor.
   B.   Monthly meter service charge. For properties with water meters, the meter service charge will be assessed as a fixed monthly charge based on the size of a property's water meter, with a maximum monthly volumetric allowance for water consumption set by meter size, as identified in Table 1, below:
Table 1: Monthly Meter Service Charge Schedule
Water Meter Size
Monthly Volumetric Allowance (Gallons)
2014 Monthly Meter Service Charge
2015 Monthly Meter Service Charge
Monthly Meter Service Charge After 2015
Water Meter Size
Monthly Volumetric Allowance (Gallons)
2014 Monthly Meter Service Charge
2015 Monthly Meter Service Charge
Monthly Meter Service Charge After 2015
5/8-inch
2,000
$27.82
$28.93
4% annual increase
3/4-inch
3,000
$37.99
$39.51
4% annual increase
1-inch
5,000
$56.09
$58.33
4% annual increase
1.25-inch
6,660
$71.11
$73.96
4% annual increase
1.5-inch
10,000
$101.34
$105.39
4% annual increase
2-inch
16,000
$155.64
$161.86
4% annual increase
3-inch
30,000
$282.34
$293.63
4% annual increase
4-inch
50,000
$463.34
$481.87
4% annual increase
6-inch
100,000
$915.84
$952.47
4% annual increase
8-inch
160,000
$1,458.84
$1,517.19
4% annual increase
10-inch
230,000
$2,092.34
$2,176.03
4% annual increase
 
   C.   Monthly volumetric service charge. In the event water is consumed on a property with a water meter in excess of the applicable monthly volumetric allowance, as identified in Table 1, a monthly volumetric service charge, as calculated in Table 2, shall be included in such property's sewer service rental in addition to the meter service charge. No volumetric service charge shall apply in any month that a property's water consumption does not exceed the applicable monthly volumetric allowance.
      (1)   For properties with a water meter equal to five-eighths-inch, a uniform volumetric rate per 1,000 gallons of water consumed shall be charged as the volumetric service charge.
      (2)   For properties with water meter larger than five-eighths-inch, a tiered rate structure per 1,000 gallons of water consumed shall be charged as the volumetric service charge.
Table 2: Volumetric Service Charge Schedule
 
Volumetric Rates Based on Customer Meter Size
2014 Monthly Volumetric Service Charge (Per 1,000 gallons)
2015 Monthly Volumetric Service Charge (Per 1,000 gallons)
Monthly Volumetric Service Charge After 2015
5/8-inch uniform rate
$8.49
$8.83
4% annual increase
For meters larger than 5/8-inch
First 750,000 gallons
$9.05
$9.41
4% annual increase
Next 3,000,000 gallons
$7.24
$7.53
4% annual increase
Over 3,750,000 gallons
$6.83
$7.10
4% annual increase
 
   D.   The meter service charge and volumetric service charge shall be increased on January 1 of each calendar year in accordance with schedules set forth in Tables 1 and 2. Pursuant to Ordinance 106-2017, the annual increase in rates is frozen to allow for a rate study to be completed to determine the rates necessary to pay capital improvement bonds for the wastewater plant, sanitary sewer, and MS4 projects. Pursuant to Ordinance 89-2018, the annual increase in rates for 2019 is frozen in accordance with the recommendations of the Sewer Rate Study.  Pursuant to Ordinance 63-2019, the annual increase in rates is frozen to allow for a rate study to be completed to determine the rates necessary to pay capital improvement bonds for the wastewater plant, sanitary sewer, and MS4 projects.  [Added 11-27-2017 by Ord. No. 106-2017; amended 12-17-2018 by Ord. No. 89-2018; 12-9-2019 by Ord. No. 63-2019]
   E.   Allocation of sanitary sewer rental. The sanitary sewer rental shall equal 93% of the total sewer service rental. [Added 12-22-2014 by Ord. No. 101-20143]
   F.   Allocation of stormwater sewer rental. The stormwater sewer rental shall equal 7% of the total sewer service rental. [Added 12-22-2014 by Ord. No. 101-20144]
3.   Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 1-1-2015.
4.   Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 1-1-2015.