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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to sign-up?

What is included in the sign-up cost?

Will the cost to sign-up always be the same amount?

If I pay the sign-up fee now, can I have the water installed at a later date?

When will my water line be installed?

What are the monthly water bill rates?

What is the average monthly water bill?

Is there a discount rate for seasonal users when the water is shut off?

Can I pay my bill with a credit card? Over the phone? Online?

 

Sign-Up Cost

If the service address is located in our service area in Iowa or southern portion of Minnesota (to view a map of the existing service areas, click here), the cost to sign-up is $450.00.

The $450.00 includes $150 for membership and the remaining $300 goes towards construction.

ILRW installs the service line to the home or meter pit and a meter, but the customer is responsible for having a plumber come and make the final connection between the plumbing and meter.

The sign-up cost is reviewed by the Board of Directors annually and adjusted only if deemed necessary.

 

Installation Date

If a customer signs up for rural water and pays the full amount at that time, ILRW will move forward with installing the service line when in the area.

Your installation date will be determined by a number of factors, including the number of people that need to be installed that year, weather, equipment, supplies, etc.

The construction manager may be able to give you a tentative date, but please note that the date given is subject to change depending on the above mentioned circumstances.

 

Monthly Water Bill

The monthly minimum is $54.59 plus tax for customers in Iowa and the highlighted area of Minnesota. The minimum applies to customers with no usage up to 1,000 gallons. Additional charges apply for each 1,000 gallons of water used.

As an average, each person uses 2,000 gallons per month. Therefore, a family of four would typically use between 6,000 and 8,000 gallons each month. The family's water bill would range between $106.00 and $129.00.

Every member is responsible for paying on the debt service to build and maintain the water system, therefore the monthly minimum is due each month for all members, including seasonal users.

 

Paying Your Monthly Bill With A Credit Card, Debit Card, or Electronic Check

As part of our commitment to provide members with efficient, convenient service, Iowa Lakes Regional Water has partnered with ePay to offer payment of monthly utility bills over the Internet at https://epay.4gov.com/ilrw.

Customers will have to register and will need the following information to setup their ePay account:

  • E-mail address
  • ILRW Account Number
  • Pin # (found only on your monthly bill).
  • Challenge Question & Answer (created by customer)

Customers must utilize ePay if they wish to pay with credit, debit, or electronic check.

ILRW does not accept payments over the phone.

Customers utilizing ePay will see the added benefits of now being able to view their current balance due and the history of their usage and payments, as well as the ability to sign-up for ACH (automatic monthly bank withdrawal).

ePay, the service provider, does charge a convenience fee for payment processing when using credit, debit, or electronic check. The fee for electronic check processing is $1.49 and for credit or debit cards it is $3.99. Customers that pay by ACH do NOT have any fees that apply for the processing.

For instructions on how to use this option, visit ILRW's Make A Payment webpage.

 


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