For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Fairfield has been identified as the community with the lowest water rates. Fairfield also ranks third with the lowest combined rates for water and sewer services in all of southwestern Ohio. In the 2012 survey, Fairfield rates were lowest out of 63 jurisdictions included in the annual survey. Each year, the study of water and sewer rates of communities in southwest Ohio is regarded as a standard by which communities compare their rates for water and sewer usage. The rates shown in the chart reflect the combined water and sewer charge for 22,500 gallons of water over a three month period, as of April 4, 2012. Fairfield’s combined rate of $148.10, significantly lower than the $221.31 average charge for water and sewer service for 22,500 gallons of water in a three-month period.
Over the years, Fairfield’s water and sewer rates have ranked among the lowest in the region despite the costs of major upgrades in the sewer network and expansion of treatment facilities to increase water production. During the last year, the City began a regular inspection program of sewer lines as a proactive measure to identify and address problems. Oakwood Water-Sewer Rate Survey