Engineering Rates & Fees

Section 8-21. Violation Charges

Item # Charge Violation
1 $1,000 Failure to correct an identified cross-connection – high hazard
2 $500 Failure to correct an identified cross-connection – low to moderate hazard
3 $1,000 Failure to install an approved backflow prevention device – high hazard
4 $500 Failure to install an approved backflow prevention device – low to moderate hazard
5 $1,000 Removal or by-pass of a required backflow prevention device – high hazard
6 $500 Removal or by-pass of a required backflow prevention device – low to moderate hazard
7 $250 Failure to provide a passing test report for a backflow prevention device – high hazard
8 $100 Failure to provide a passing test report for a backflow prevention device – low to moderate hazard

Section 12-04. Connection Charges

Payment for the applicable connection charges will be accepted only after the issuance of a building permit.

Connection Charges for metered services larger than 5/8" shall be equated to equivalent residential connections (ERC) according to the following ratios:

  • 5/8" meter = 1 ERC
  • 1" meter = 2.5 ERCs
  • 1 1/2" meter = 5 ERCs
  • 2" meter = 8 ERCs
  • 3" meter = 16 ERCs
  • 4" meter = 25 ERCs
  • 6" meter = 50 ERCs

System Development and RWSA Capacity Fees for multi-family, hotel, hospital, assisted living facility, nursing care facility, or master-metered mobile home parks shall be charged the higher of a fee based upon meter size or the calculation of the number of units multiplied by the following factors:

  • Multi-family 1 unit = 0.5 ERC
  • Hotels 1 room = 0.50 ERC
  • Mobile Home Park 1 mobile home = 1 ERC
  • Hospitals 1 bed = 1 ERC
  • Assisted Living Facility 1 unit = 0.75 ERC
  • Nursing Care Facility 1 bed = 0.75 ERC

Service Connection (Tap) Charge To defray the cost of installation of a service connection from the water and/or wastewater main in the public right of way to the curb or property line and/or the installation of meters, all new services will be charged according to the following schedule:

(a) Water

Primary Meters

5/8" meter and connection $1,026
1" meter and connection $1,091
Over 1" meter and connection Actual Cost
5/8" meter only $184
1" meter only $277
Over 1" meter only Actual Cost
Auxiliary Meters Actual Cost

(b) Wastewater

All Taps Actual Cost

Section 12-05. System Development Charge

In order to defray, in part, the cost to the ACSA of providing major transmission/distribution mains, collection lines, pumping stations and storage facilities necessary to provide water and wastewater service to new customers in the ACSA system. This charge shall be assessed on the basis of equivalent residential connections (ERC):

Water $1,890 per ERC
Wastewater $2,970 per ERC (except Glenmore)

Section 12-06. Buck Mountain Surcharge

In accordance with the joint resolution signed by the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) and the ACSA, all new ACSA water connections in the urban service area will be assessed a surcharge in accordance with the following table to pay a portion of the Buck Mountain land acquisition costs:

Meter Size Surcharge Meter Size Surcharge
5/8" $200 4" $6,000
1" $500 6" $12,000
1 1/2" $1,000 8" $18,000
2" $1,600 10" $29,000
3" $2,500 12" $43,000

Section 12-07. Connection Fees for Irrigation Meters

A. Auxiliary Meters Actual cost of installation plus the Buck Mountain surcharge, when applicable
B. Primary Meters All applicable connection fees as noted in Appendix B, section 12-04 and 12-09

Section 12-08. Line Tapping Fee:

Where the ACSA provides water main taps to accommodate line extensions, fire sprinkler systems and similar uses, a tapping fee will be assessed to the customer in accordance with the following schedule:

TAPPING

Machine Tap Size Line Size Price
E-4 ¾” – 1” 1 ¼” – 3” $140.00
B-100 ¾” – 1” 4” – 24” $140.00
A-2 1 ½” – 2” 6” – 24” $210.00
CL-12 4” – 12” 4” – 24” $ 84.00/inch

INSTALLATION OF TAPPING SLEEVES AND TAPPING VALVES

All water mains shall be uncovered and cleaned by the customer, who shall install tapping sleeves and valves. The excavation shall be prepared in accordance with all applicable safety regulations. Return trip charges resulting from the customer failing to properly prepare the trench and pipe for the tapping/inserting operation will be billed to the customer. These additional costs shall include labor, equipment, and overhead costs.

Section 12-09. RWSA Capacity Charge

All new water and sewer connections to the ACSA systems shall be assessed a charge to defray, in part, the cost of providing capacity for a new customer in the RWSA system. This charge shall be assessed on the basis of equivalent residential connections (ERC):

Water $4,760 per ERC
Wastewater $3,850 per ERC (except Glenmore)

Section 12-11. NFRPS Special Rate District Fees

All sewer connections to the wastewater collection system within the North Fork Regional Pump Station Special Rate District shall be charged the following additional fee effective October 18, 2012:

North Zone $2,275.00 per ERC
South Zone $1,389.00 per ERC

Refer to Appendix C of the Rules and Regulations for a list of Tax Map Parcels within the North Fork Regional Pump Station Special Rate District and the North Fork Regional Pump Station Special Rate District Map.

Section 13. Miscellaneous Charges

13-11. Construction Plan Review Charge $49.00/hour
13-11. As-built Plan Review $49.00/hour Engineer Review
$34.00/hour Inspector Review
13-12. Construction Inspection Fees:
Water and/or Sewer lines greater than 400 linear feet $.78/linear foot
Water and/or Sewer lines less than 400 linear feet Actual Cost
Reinspection Fee of New Water/Sewer Lines $34.00/hour
Inspection of New Pumping Stations Actual Cost

13-14. Irrigation System Application Processing Fees:

a. Plan Review and Meter Sizing $ 25.00
b. Cost Estimate preparation $125.00

18-04. Carwash Certification Fees

CCP Application Fee $100.00
CCP Annual Renewal Fee $100.00

18-05. INSPECTION.

CCP Re-application Fee $100.00

19-22. Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) COSTS AND CHARGES.

Item # Cost/Charge Description/Infraction
1 $250/3 years FOG Waste Discharge Permit
2 $1,000/month* NOV- failure of an FSE to install or repair grease control device
3 $1,000/month* NOV- repeated failure of an FSE to properly maintain grease control device, and repeated excessive FOG discharge from an FSE
4 $500 NOV - failure of an FSE to keep grease control maintenance records on site and available to the ACSA
5 $500 NOV- falsification by an FSE of grease control device maintenance records
6 $500/month* NOV- failure of an FSE to submit a FOG Waste Discharge Permit application or pay a permit fee
7 Assessed Amount An FSE whose operations allow grease accumulation - all costs to clean and repair the ACSA facilities
8 Assessed Amount An FSE whose operations allow grease accumulation that results in a sanitary sewer overflow - all costs to clean and repair the ACSA facilities
9 Assessed Amount An FSE whose operations allow grease accumulation that results in a sanitary sewer overflow- all fines levied by the state or federal government
10 Up to $10,000/occurrence Commercial waste hauler or individual – illegal discharge of grease wastes to the ACSA system

*Until the violation is corrected to the satisfaction of the ACSA