Water & Sewer Permits
Water & Sewer permit fees for both residential and commercial projects are based on the value of the work to be performed as outlined in the Rules & Regulations. Links to both the Water and Sewer regulations may be found in the Connection Resources below. The fee is calculated based upon the total cost listed on the Application for Permit by the applicant.
|Permit - Water||Fees||Description|
|Water Conservation||$1,000||Water conservation fee applies to all new residential connections.|
|New Connection Fee*||$4,000||For each connection into the Municipal Water System (single-family).|
|Install/Repair/Replace||$100||Permit fee for new connections, repairs, and replacements.|
|Disconnect/Reconnect||$100||Permit fee to disconnect or reconnect a water service.|
|Fire Line||$100||Permit fee to install a fire line.|
New connections for in-ground and garden irrigation systems are prohibited.
5/8" - $350.00, 3/4" - $400, 1" - $450.
|New Connection||$100||For the construction of building sewers and for connections to common sewer.|
|Repair/Replace||$100||Must be obtained for repair work to existing sewer service connections.|
|Disconnect/Reconnect||$100||Permit fee to disconnect or reconnect a sewer service|
|Lateral||$500||Fee for an existing lateral installed by the town|
|Inflow & Infiltration ***||$1,320/bedroom||Fee for all new sewer connections on new construction.|
|Assessment||$0.50/sq. ft assessed area||Applies to sub-divisions-based on $0.50 per sq. ft of assessed area|
|Betterment ****||$6,000 min||Applies to properties fronting on a public or private right-of-way in which a public sewer is constructed within 100 feet of the street lot line.|
*See Water Rules & Regulations for other applicable rates. Deferred Water balances are to be paid prior to issuance of a water connection permit
** Please note meters over 1" to be purchased & installed by contractor or plumber per Water Div. meter specifications
*** Commerical I & I to be calculated by projected estimated flow (GPD)
**** See Sewer Rules & Regulations for other applicable rates
Water Conservation Fee
Effective February 24, 2003, the Board of Selectman has instituted a $1,000 water conservation fee for all new residential connections. The intent of the fee is for the money to be used in water conservation measures to reduce the consumption of water in the community. The reduction of consumption will aid the town in remaining in compliance with state water regulations while allowing additional users to connect to the system, otherwise, additional connections may not be allowed in the future.
Cross Connect Devices
Cross Connect (or Backflow Devices) are required for commercial properties, fire sprinklers, and some residential applications. These devices are subject to the initial inspection, and an annual (sometimes bi-annual) reinspection fee. Please review the documents below and contact the Shrewsbury Water Department with any questions.
In-Ground & Garden Irrigation Systems
Also, on February 10, 2003, the board voted to prohibit new connections to the municipal water system for in-ground and garden irrigation systems. Outdoor water use, specifically lawn watering, is causing water demands in town to exceed our state water withdrawal permit. With all the new home construction in town, underground sprinkler systems are now commonplace in most subdivisions. Of the 200 largest residential users in town, the overwhelming majority are newer homes with underground systems. These high flow figures are causing undue strain on the water system and a burden to the majority of our customers who only use nominal additional water in the summertime. Again, we ask all our customers to use water conservation daily in their household usage and we thank our customers presently observing these practices.