ESTABLISHING NEW UTILITY SERVICES
New businesses need to establish an account for city services by calling the Marion Water Department at 319-743-6310. A deposit is required for leased sites and businesses with high water use. The deposit amount varies based on anticipated water consumption. If the premises is new construction, a water meter must be installed by the Marion Water Department. The cost for the meter, determined by meter size, is listed on the Schedule of Fixed Charges.
All businesses need a RPZ backflow prevention device installed on the water service line. These devices need to be certified and inspected annually by a licensed tester. More information can be found here.
The Marion Water Department prepares and distributes the City’s utility bills. Most commercial accounts are billed monthly. Payment may be made through the Water Department’s Check-Free Payment Program, your personal check, cash, money order, credit/debit card or dropped off 24/7 via drop boxes that are located at City Hall - one along 6th Avenue and a second box on 12th Street by the driveway. Online payments can be made at any time using the Self-Service Portal. There you can also sign up for electronic utility bills, review your account and past bill information, and track your water consumption.
STORMWATER UTILITY FEE
The stormwater utility fee for non-residential properties is calculated based on the amount of hard, or impervious, surfaces on the parcel. Using that calculation, an equivalent runoff unit (ERU) is assigned. Non-residential properties include, but are not limited to, commercial, industrial, and multi-family buildings with five or more dwelling units. Impervious surfaces include, but are not limited to, parking lots, sidewalks, roof tops, and compacted gravel. The monthly service charge for any non-residential parcel is $3.50 and the per ERU rate is $1.67.
A credit policy has been established providing a discount of up to 50 percent off the non-residential stormwater utility fee for property owners who have implemented proper measures to control stormwater on their property.
Marion Public Services Department provides waste collection services for businesses in the Marion Uptown area only and the fee is based on the type of business. Businesses outside of this area should contact a private hauler to arrange for service.
WATER AND SEWER
Water rates are on a tiered structure that charges a higher rate as more water is used. The rate structure is posted on the Utility Billing Rates schedule. Sewer is charged based on water consumption.
All utility accounts have a monthly Urban Forest fee of $2.25. The revenue from this fee is used to maintain trees on City owned property and to provide for the disposal and re-use of tree-related materials.