Low Income Senior/Disabled Utility Discounted Rates (Lifeline Program)
Discounted utility rates are available to low income senior citizens (62 and over) and low-income citizens with disabilities that qualify for the City of Tumwater’s Lifeline program. Lifeline accounts for single family residential homes are billed monthly. All fees are subject to a 6% utility tax that is reflected on the monthly statement.
- Base Fee - This flat rate based on meter size, sometimes called the "ready to serve" fee, is billed every month regardless of the quantity of water used. This fee covers operational costs the utility incurs, like water quality monitoring, treatments, and meter reads. This fee is not discounted for qualifying lifeline accounts.
- Consumption Fee - The second part of the water charge is the consumption charge measured in cubic feet (CF). Consumption fees are structured in a four tier system to allow accounts to be billed for the amount of water that is used. There is a 50% reduction in the consumption charges for qualify lifeline accounts.
|Water 3/4" Meter||Regular Rate||Lifeline Rate|
|Ready to Serve Fee||$8.32 - flat rate||$4.16 - flat rate|
|Consumption per 100 CF|
|Sewer||Regular Rate||Lifeline Rate|
The City of Tumwater does not set the LOTT rate. For more information regarding LOTT services and fees, visit the LOTT website.
|LOTT||Regular Rate||Lifeline Rate|
|Stormwater||Regular Rate||Lifeline Rate|
Sample Utility Bill Comparison
Below is an example of a single family home's charges for the month with 800 cubic feet (CF) of water with regular residential rates compared to lifeline rates. Please note that on an actual bill, the monthly base fee and the consumption will be combined.
|Single Month||Regular Rate
|Water (Base Fee)||$8.32 - flat rate||$4.16 - flat rate|
|6% Utility Tax||$5.81||$2.90|