Please note: Due to the roll back of the 2018 water rates, if you were issued a Final Bill for the sale of your home in December 2018 or January 2019, please contact the office as you may be eligible for a refund. Note, this eligibility will end on June 30, 2020 at the close of the current fiscal year.
The Board of Water Commissioners periodically reviews and sets volumetric water rates charged for usage and various services provided by the District. The following are the new water rates established that will go into effect March 1, 2020. They will remain in effect until further notice. Rates will be reviewed again in April of 2021 as part of the budget setting process for FY22. Please see Rate Setting Tab for information on the rate setting process.
Statements are issued quarterly. All customers pay an applicable service fee billed on each quarterly statement. The cost of the water is calculated using the following rate table.
New Tiered Consumption Rates effective March 1, 2020
This pricing structure is referred to as Increasing Block Rates or Tiered Pricing and promotes conservation of resources and reduced water use by increasing the per-unit charges for water as the amount used increases. The first block is charged at one rate, the next block is charged at a higher rate, and so forth. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has established a goal for residential water use of 65 gallons per capita per day (gpcd) on average.
Quarters shall consist of:
March, April and May: Spring Quarter
June, July and August: Summer Quarter
September, October and November: Fall Quarter
December, January and February: Winter Quarter
Classes shall consist of:
Residential shall apply to all single and multi-family homes
Other shall apply to commercial, churches and other places of worship, LIFE and any other multi-unit/multi building property
Municipal shall apply to all school and municipally owned property, grounds, parks and fields owned and operated by the Town of Lynnfield
Water District Tax
All Lynnfield residential and commercial property owners located within the bounds of the Lynnfield Center Water District are assessed a Water District Tax based upon the value of their property whether or not they are connected to and obtain water from the distribution system.
The District contracts the Town of Lynnfield, the Lynnfield Board of Assessors, and the Lynnfield Tax Collector to assess and collect the Water District Tax, which is listed as a separate line item on the property tax bill received from the Town of Lynnfield. The tax rate is set by the LCWD Board of Commissioners and applied by the Board of Assessors based upon the total valuation of the property within the District and the appropriations approved by the voters of the District at the Annual Meeting. In December of 2019, the Board of Commissioners approved a tax levy rate equal to $0.93/$1,000 of valuation. The link below has information relative to tax levy rates.
Fees are charged for various services provided to customers by the District:
- Turn off or turn on water service to property at gate valve – $50.00 each
- Final meter reading and water bill for change in ownership $50.00 (see “Moving” page)
- Replace water meter if damaged by property owner or due to negligence – cost of replacement meter
- Non-Reading Fee: after a series of attempts to reach a customer, LCWD shall assess a monthly non reading fee until said meter is repaired and properly reading – $50.00 per month
- Meter Tampering Policy: customers caught tampering with a meter shall be punished by a fine of triple the amount of damages sustained thereby or $1,000, whichever is greater.
- Late Charges assessed 18% annually at 1.5% per month based on past due balance (updated with a board vote on 9-14-2020)