Meter and Billing
Most water and sewer customers are billed every three
months while some high volume customers are billed monthly.
Billings are based upon the water consumption measured by the
water meter connected to the customer's water service. The
following services are provided:
- Meter repairs or replacements
- Investigation of high or low consumption readings
- Monthly meter readings
- Final meter readings for occupancy changes
- Seasonal meter installations and removal
- Monthly billings
- Final bills for occupancy changes
- Account status updates
Information regarding the current balance due
on your water and sewer account as well as historical water
consumption data can be found online on the Bloomfield
Township Internet Services Portal hosted by BS&A Software.
Once on the portal, please click on the UTILITY BILLING SEARCH
icon on the left where you can search by address, customer
name, account number or parcel number.
Meter and Billing FAQs
1. We are moving. Do you take final meter readings?
Yes, we will take a final meter reading and prepare a
final bill. However, in some cases we will need to gain access
inside the house so it is best to request the reading prior to
moving. Please call the Treasurers Office at
248.433.7705 to make arrangements. Please allow
one business days notice.
Final Water Bill Request Form
2. How can I pay my water/sewer bill?
Payments can be made either by cash or check at the
Treasurer's Office. Alternatively, residents can pay their
bills by American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card
by calling 800.272.9829 or visit the Official Payments
website. The Township Jurisdiction Code is 3233. There is
an additional fee for this service. You may also visit
Payment Options page of this website and use the direct
3. How often do we get a bill?
Single-family residential customers are billed for water
and sewer services on a quarterly basis or every three months.
Most commercial and multi-family customers are billed on a
4. If I have a question about my bill, whom should I
The Treasurers Office can answer questions concerning
water bills during normal office hours, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM,
Monday through Thursday, at 248.433.7705.
5. Can we have a separate meter for sprinkling?
At the option and expense of a property owner, an
additional water meter, referred to as a secondary water
meter, may be installed. The secondary water meter
allows for the metering of water that is directed exclusively
to a sprinkler system, outside spigot or connection such as,
but not limited to, a swimming pool. This water usage will not
be applied into the calculation of the sewage disposal bill
for the property.
6. Why is my bill so high?
Water consumption varies from season to season, with the
tendency for the highest period from April to October when
outside usage increases. If your bill is higher than last year
and you have not made any plumbing changes at your house, we
suggest that you read your meter to confirm the billed amount.
Secondly, we suggest that you check each of your plumbing
fixtures for leaks.
Leaking Faucets Add Up: A dripping faucet may
not seem like a cause for alarm, but those drips add up over
time. Thousands of gallons of water are wasted because of a
single leaking faucet. The more drips there are, the more
dollars and wasted water going down the drain. Tiny drips
that seem insignificant will have a significant impact on your
yearly water bill expenses. To see how a leaking faucet could
be affecting you and your water bills, head to the United
States Geological Survey (USGS) Leaking Faucet
7. Do rates change?
Water and sewer rates are reviewed annually and are
adjusted as necessary to accommodate those costs that SOCWA
and Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office
charge each year.
8. Our tenants didn't pay their water bill. Can you help
Water and Sewer services provided to the house are the
responsibility of the homeowners whether they occupy or rent
to someone else. Any water and sewer bills that are over 30
days delinquent as of September 1 of each year are placed on
the winter tax bill for collection. We suggest that owners
check the status of these accounts prior to the delinquent
9. Is this water and sewer bill estimated?
Next to the consumption amount on the bill, it should show
an “A" which indicates an actual read was obtained. However
if your bill was estimated, then you would see the letter
“E” next to the consumption reading. Bills are only
estimated when the department is unable to gain access to
read the meter or we determine that the meter may not be
working. Estimated bills are based upon the average
consumption from the past three years of meter readings from
the same time period or a flat rate.
10. Are there Late Fees?
A 10% late fee will be assessed on all bills not paid
within 20 days of the due date as per Ordinance #87, 13.01.
Updated January 2012
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