Water Rent, Permit & Testing Fees

Effective January 2024

Water Rent Rates

Water Rent

Water Rate Tier
Price / CCF
Up to 500 cubic feet
501 CF to 5,000 cubic feet
5,001 CF to 50,000 cubic feet
50,001 CF to 500,000 cubic feet
500,001 cubic feet and over

 Please note that 1 cubic foot = 7.48 gallons. 

Minimum Consumption and Bill by Meter Size

Meter Size

Minimum Consumption
 (cubic feet)
Minimum Consumption
5/8 and 3/4
1 1/2
3, 4, 6, 8, and 10

Basic Service Fee 
There is a basic water service fee of $7.50 for every bill. 
1.   All rates above are for customers within Town of Bethlehem Water Districts
2.   Out-of-district customers will be billed twice in-District rates
3.   A 10% late fee will be assessed on any bill not paid by the due date

Water Permits

Water permits are required for all water connections and repairs. A Water Connection Permit Application must be completed and brought to the Department of Public Works Office in Room 203 at Town Hall.  All connections and repairs also require an inspection.

Water Permit and Tap Fees

Water Permit Type                  Rate
Water Tap and Meter (Note: Charges for labor
  & materials that exceed the initial $1,700 will 
  be billed to the applicant after the work is  completed.)
Water Tap Inspection/Observation Fee (Tap made by others)$200
Meter and Meter Transceiver Unit (MXU) Only Fees (subject to change based on annual bid results)
   - 3/4"
   - 1"
   - 1 1/2"
   - 2"

Water Tanker/Hydro Seeding Permit (Note: Upfront minimum $500.00 (non-refundable) payment will be used to pay for water usage.  Water usage beyond that amount will be billed monthly in accordance with the Town Water Rate Schedule at Tier 3")$500 non-refundable fee
Meter Replacement Cost OnlyCurrent meter cost per annual bid process + Labor costs for installation
New Master Meter/Commercial Account Fee for Meters > 2"$285
Meter Transceiver Unit (MXU) Only Fee for Meters > 2"$250
Meter Test$60
Service Calls, Water Repair Permits & Additional Curb Box Inspections - Mon-Fri, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm$60
($120 on nights/weekends)
Additional/Follow-up Inspections$60
($120 after hours, weekends, holidays)

Backflow Prevention Device Review Fee

Type of Test  Rate
Review Fee$200

Fire Hydrant - Flow Testing and Meter Box Fees

Unmetered/Meter BoxRate
Performance of Fire Flow Test and Analysis$400.00 per test
Type of testRate
Witnessing of Fire Flow Test (test by others)$175.00 per test
Unmetered Fire Service/Sprinklers Fee$30 per quarter
Meter box and backflow preventer maintenance charge$300
Meter Box upfront deposit for water usage (Note: Upfront $550.00 payment will be used to pay for water usage.  Water usage beyond that amount will be billed in accordance with the water rents shown above.)$550
Unauthorized hydrant use fee/penalty$1,000

A service charge of 1.5% per month for permit/tap and flow testing fees for balances due after 30 days.