What is a tapping fee and why does it cost so much?

Tapping Fees are distinctively different than ongoing monthly sewer service fees.

The tapping fee is not a fee to “physically connect to” the system, but instead a fee to pay for and secure a portion or share of the sewage and/or water capacity needed in the collection, conveyance, and treatment facilities of the Authority.

The individual property owner is also responsible for the physical connection to the sanitary sewer or public water system.   This work is done by his or her own contractor – following the Authority’s requirements.

A tapping fee is the initial fee charged to homeowners and customers who desire to receive water and/or wastewater service.   The fees are determined through a prescribed method known as Act 57 and previously Act 203.

The basic concept of Act 57 or Act 203 fees is to recover a portion of the embedded fixed capital investment from new customers.   The fee(s) charged to the new customer, or to the current customer increasing its demand on the system, reflects the cost required to provide service as well as recover a portion of the embedded capacity available to provide that service.

The current tapping fee schedule for both water and sewer is provided on the website under “Rates.”