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Wastewater Revenue

The Revenue section establishes and collects annual sewer fees for properties receiving City Sewer Services.  Sewer fees pay for the operating, maintenance and utility costs as well as capital costs of the City’s wastewater treatment plants and collection system.

Sewer fees for the following user groups are based on average costs to treat. Annual sewer fees are collected on the property tax roll:

Fiscal year 2015-2016sewer fees:

Single family home


per unit

Multiple dwelling


per unit

Mobile home


per unit



per student

Hotels/ RV parks *


per room or space

* With no restaurant or restaurant on separate water meter

Commercial users

Costs to treat wastewater from commercial properties varies greatly; therefore, sewer fees for commercial users are based on each user’s water consumption and average strength of wastewater for the user group.  Sewer fees for commercial users consist of 1) a flat rate component, which is collected on the property tax bill by the Kern County Tax Assessor, and 2) sewer surcharge, which recovers costs that exceed the amount of water consumption allowed for in the flat rate.  The minimum sewer charge for all properties is equal to the residential rate. 

You can estimate your commercial sewer fee for the 2015-2016 fiscal year with the  Commercial sewer surcharge estimator

Septage/ Grease Haulers

The City of Bakersfield accepts septage and grease from permitted haulers.  Information regarding discharging septage and grease at City’s wastewater treatment plants is provided in documents listed below.

Documents for the septage/ grease hauler program:

If you have questions regarding City of Bakersfield sewer fees or City’s Septage/ Grease hauler program, call (661) 326-3249 or email staff at