The City of Columbus provides income-based discount programs for those who meet the requirements. Listed on this page are other ways consumers can reduce their utility bills and become more environmentally responsible.
Customers who participate in assistance programs such as Heap, Medicaid, food stamps & public housing may be eligible for a discount on their water/sewer bills.
Seniors age 60 and older with limited income may also qualify for a discount on electricity & water bills.
Water leaks and inefficient usage can be costly. A high water bill can signal a problem such as a leak, or be the result of seasonal, outdoor water usage. More than 50 percent of water used on lawns and gardens is wasted. Check our resources to learn more.
Sewer charges are based on water usage and assumes all water is discharged to the city’s sewer system. Those using large amounts of water not entering the sewer system (outdoor watering, irrigation systems) could save by installing an auxiliary meter system.
The system must be purchased, installed and maintained privately. Only specific meters will be approved for usage & must be inspected by the city to set up the account. A $2 service charge is added for auxiliary meters.
For questions or information on the equipment, proper installation or to schedule an inspection call: 645-8276 weekdays, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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It is recommended you check the meter and remote reader at least once a year, taking the reading from each device to compare with one another.
Learn how to find and read your meter and calculate bills. This is especially useful if you receive an unusually high or low bill. Also, learn where the shut-off valve is; you may need this in an emergency if you have a water leak.
Conservation practices provide savings for your wallet while protecting the environment.
Efficiency Smart™ offers technical assistance & financial incentives for commercial power customers to reduce the cost of making energy-efficient improvements to their businesses.
Com-Til is a dark, rich compost that will break up tough clay soil, add valuable organic matter, provide both macro and micro nutrients, help retain moisture and provide a decorative mulch. The product is made from residual bio-solids from the City of Columbus wastewater treatment plants, yard waste and wood chips.
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