Utility Assistance for Renters

The Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program through the Vermont State Housing Authority was created to help renters dealing with financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For eligible households, the program offers rental and utility assistance to help Vermonters avoid eviction or loss of utility service.  
Please continue to https://erap.vsha.org/ to learn more about the program.

Water/Sewer Bills

Water/sewer bills can be paid online or at the 81 Main Street office with credit or debit card for a convenience fee of 2.65% for credit cards or 1.5% for debit cards, minimum charge of $1.95.  To pay online, please visit the Village of Essex Online Payment Service page.

Utility Rates

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FY21 Water Rate: Fixed charge of $114.39 per year plus usage of $0.0198 per cubic foot
FY21 Sewer Rate: Fixed charge of $113.95 per year plus usage of $0.01076 per cubic foot
FY21 Sanitation Rate: Fixed charge of $102.63 per year plus usage of $0.006 per cubic foot

FY21 Large User Water Rate: $0.085 per 1,000 gallons
FY21 Wastewater Treatment Wholesale Rate: $3.205 per 1,000 gallons

Effective July 1, 2020 a $35 flat fee will be applied to all interim bill requests.  This includes interim bill requests for the sale of property or for a change of tenant in rental properties.

Beginning in calendar year 2021, Water, Sewer, and Sanitation charges will be billed three times per year (tri-annually).  Each bill will include four  months of usage charges and four months of fixed charges.

Water Leaks

Think that your "small leak" doesn't matter?  Think again!

A "running" toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. 60 min x 24 hours=1,440 minutes/day x 2 gal.min= 2880 gallons/ day.

2880gallons x 182 days = 524,160 gallons or 70,074cf for a 6 month bill. Possible Bill as of 7/1/19 rates .0343/cf = over $2,400

A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month. 7,000 gal/month / 30 days = 233 gallons/day.

233 gallons x 182 =42,406 gallons or 5,669 cf for a 6 month bill. Possible bill as of 7/1/19 rates .0343/cf = over $190 in addition to normal usage and fixed charges.

A water faucet left on can use between 2.5-5 Gal/min. Often over looked is a leaking outside faucet or hose. If left on overnight possible 3,600 gallons wasted.

According to WaterSense, leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 8 gallons/day or 3,000 gallons per year.

Champlain Valley Water District Info

Current and past water quality reports