Effective Jan. 1, 2024, Pierce County will implement new rates per Ordinance 2023-53, adopted Nov. 14, 2023.
A rate increase is necessary to maintain safe and reliable service. Sewer rates help fund projects that preserve aging infrastructure, meet regulatory requirements, protect our environment, and support growth.
Pierce County’s sewer rates remain among the lowest in our region, and these gradual rate adjustments are intended to keep pace with rising costs and prevent large increases in the future.
Pierce County offers an upgraded and simplified billing system for sewer customers. The system provides customers:
Do not flush wipes and paper towels – throw away instead!
An increase in non-flushable items in the public sewer system is occurring.
The only things that should be flushed down the toilet is what comes from your body and toilet paper. Anything else can cause blockage or severe damage to the sewer system, which is costly.
Homeowners are responsible for the part of the sewer line that runs from their home to the public lines. Those who are on a septic tank have full responsibility for maintenance and repair. Flushing other items down the toilet can be costly.
Please place a garbage can in the bathroom to dispose of anything other than toilet paper. Learn more
Pierce County Planning and Public Works is currently updating the Unified Sewer Plan, or USP for short. The USP is the Sewer Division’s comprehensive plan, which will guide future expansion and improvements over the next 20 years.
2023 Sewer Connection Charge
The Capacity and the Basin Area sewer connection charges increased by 9% on Feb. 1, 2023. Pierce County collects sewer connection charges to help offset the impacts of new development on public sewer system infrastructure. Connection charges provide the funds needed to protect public health and the environment by keeping pace with growth. The 2024 rates will go into effect Feb. 1, 2024.
Programs are available to reduce upfront connection fees for new businesses and loan program options for commercial and residential customers connection to dry sewer lines.
The Sewer Division provides wastewater management, collection, and treatment services to large urban areas of Pierce County via a network of underground pipes, pump stations, manholes and the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Learn more about the division.