Keep Your Sewer Charges Lower by Using Less Water This Winter
By Traci Peterson
Posted on November 02, 2018, November 02, 2018


Each year, Arlington Water Utilities averages every residential customer's water usage during the fall and winter to establish a maximum wastewater charge for the following October through September. It is also known as Average Winter Consumption (AWC). That process starts in November. Here's what you need to know.

How is AWC determined? The Average Winter Consumption, or AWC, is based on the water usage shown on your December through March bills. The highest month is discarded, and the remaining three months are averaged. (Three months are used to give a more accurate measure of water going into the sewer system.)

What's next? This AWC or maximum wastewater charge (two terms for the same thing) establishes an upper limit for wastewater charges during the following year. If your monthly water use is less than the AWC, your sewer use is billed at equal to your water use. But, if your water use is higher than the AWC, you are only charged the AWC for sewer. If your water account is new, a city-wide average may be used until your AWC is established.

How can I find out when my AWC is determined? The City places a reminder message about the AWC program on November bills. The message will give you the approximate dates during which your water usage will be averaged.

What can I do to reduce my water use? Visit and for tips on efficient water use.

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