Spring Bulk Waste Pick-up is now complete. Bulk Waste Rules and Regulations


Beginning May 1, 2018...
Sanitary sewer, storm water, and solid waste cart fees will begin increasing on an annual basis on May 1, 2018. The increases to sanitary sewer and storm water fees will help pay for capital improvements to ensure safe and reliable service from sanitary sewer and storm water infrastructure. The increases to solid waste fees will cover the increasing costs of providing solid waste services. Please see the information below for more details.

• The sanitary sewer consumption fee and fixed fee will increase on May 1, 2018. This means that the consumption fee per 100 cubic feet will increase from $1.60 to $2.40, and the sanitary sewer fixed fee will increase from $1.50 to $2.25. Then on May 1, 2019, fees will begin increasing at an annual rate of 3 percent.

• Storm water fixed fees will increase on May 1, 2018. The base rate per Impervious Area Unit (hard surface area divided by 1,000 and then rounded) will increase from $1.45 to $1.89. Fees will then increase at an annual rate of 3 percent, beginning on May 1, 2019.

For information regarding these rate changes as well as upcoming changes to the solid waste program, please click here


Water Supply and Treatment
Water is supplied to residents from two man made lakes. Lake Bloomington was constructed in 1929 and has a Water Treatment Plant adjacent to it. Lake Evergreen was constructed in the 1960's. In 1995 the Evergreen Dam was raised five feet increasing storage capacity by 36%. Water from Lake Evergreen is pumped to Lake Bloomington for treatment.

Water Distribution
Water flows from the treatment plant at Lake Bloomington through two transmission mains along Pipeline Road to the City's reservoirs and pumping stations. The water storage facilities include a new two million gallon elevated water tank along Hamilton Road on the City's southeast side. Pumping stations on Fort Jesse Road and Division Street move water through the distribution mains to the residents and businesses in the City of Bloomington.

The Department designs and supervises the construction of new and replacement water mains. Maintenance crews repair main breaks and do preventative maintenance. A SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system helps operators run the distribution system more efficiently by letting them see what is happening throughout the system from one location.

Water and Sewer Rates

The cost for use of City water shall be ascertained according to the amount of water used during the month for which the charge is made and shall be graduated as follows:

Rate Per 100 Cubic Feet   Inside City  Outside City  
First 2,300 cubic feet per month  $4.01  $9.06 
Next 11,700 cubic feet per month  $3.87  $8.86 
Next 486,000 cubic feet per month  $3.42  $7.75 
Over 500,000 cubic feet per month  $2.69   $6.12  
Monthly Service Charge
Meter Size Inside City  Outside City 
5/8 x 1/2" meters  $1.25  $2.75 
5/8 x 3/4" meters  $5.00   $6.50 
3/4" meters  $6.00  $7.50
1" meters  $8.00 $10.00
1.5" meters $10.50 $13.00
2" meters $16.00 $20.00
3" meters $28.00 $39.00
4" meters $46.00 $66.00
6" meters $92.00 $131.00
8" meters $146.00 $196.00

(City Code Ch. 27 Sec. 27) 7.48 Gallons = 1 cubic foot

Rates for use of Sewage System
Charges are based on the quantity of water used as follows:

  • $1.60 per 100 Cubic Feet
    Minimum Monthly Bill $ 1.50
    (City Code Ch.37 Sec. 51) Effective January 1, 2012
  • Bloomington-Normal Water Reclamation District
    $ 1.35 per 100 Cubic Feet
    Minimum Monthly Bill $6.60 Effective May 1, 2017
  • Utility Tax is 3.75% of Total Water Charges

Billing for Refuse Collection
See Refuse Fee Table for cost breakdown.

Questions concerning the refuse collection billing or to request refuse/recycle schedules and information should be directed to the Public Works Department at 434-2220.

Questions concerning the water bill should be directed to the Water Billing office at 434-2495.

Utility Locations
The City of Bloomington is a member of JULIE (Joint Utility Location Information for Excavators). Underground utilities maintained by the City include water, sewer, some street lights and conduits around and between Traffic Signals. Please Call JULIE at 1-800-892-0123 at least two days prior to digging. Emergency locates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call JULIE at 1-800-892-0123. For more information about JULIE, please visit the City of Bloomington's JULIE information page.

After Hours Water Related Emergency

Call 309-820-8888