Water, Sewer & Stormwater Utility

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Water Conventional Rate Case and Five-Year Financial Forecast

The Public Works & Utilities Committee along with Village Board approved a proposal from Baker Tilly to conduct a conventional rate case and a five year financial forecast for the water utility on February 27, 2023 and March 14, 2023, respectively. The water utility filed the conventional rate case for test year 2024 with the Public Service Commission (PSC) on October 23, 2023. A public hearing will be held as part of the conventional rate case on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 2 PM. The public hearing is hosted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) via Zoom. Those interested in participating in the public hearing may join via Zoom or in person at the Municipal Center. Those interested in listening but not participating are encouraged to view the public hearing through the Commission's website through the live link. The customer notice provides a brief summary of changes and details on how to participate in the public hearing or provide comment.

Request a final meter reading

To request a final meter reading in relation to the sale of real estate or a tenant change, please email Public Works. Please include the property address, current account first name and last name, contact phone number and date of request. For Title Companies, please include the new owner(s) purchasing the property and mailing address, if different than the property address. Requests require one business day notice.

Utility Rates

View the 2024 Utility Rates Chart (PDF).

Rate Increases

Effective January 1, 2024, stormwater rates per equivalent residential unit (ERU) increase from $14.83 per unit to $20.00. The change impacts the bimonthly service charge. Please see the  for full Notice of Rate Increase (PDF) details on the stormwater rate increase.

The rate increase was approved by the Public Works & Utilities Committee on November 27, 2023 and Village Board on December 12, 2023. To review the meetings, please utilize the links below:

Should you have any questions regarding your utility bill, please call the Public Works Department at 608-838-7287 or email Public Works

Rate Increase Example

An average residential customer's utility bill is comprised of water usage, water base, sewer usage, sewer base and stormwater. Below is a chart showing an example of how the rate rate increase will impact a residential customer. Residential customers have one equivalent residential unit (ERU) billed bimonthly. The existing bimonthly rate is $14.83 and the revised bimonthly rate is $20.00.

GallonsExisting Bimonthly RateRevised Bimonthly RateDifference
5,000$105.13$110.30$5.17
10,000$146.43$151.60$5.17
15,000$187.87$192.90$5.17
20,000$229.03$234.20$5.17
50,000
$476.83$482.00$5.17


For non-residential customers the number of equivalent residential units (ERUs) assigned to a utility account is based on the impervious surface of the property. Below is a chart showing an example of how the rate increase will impact non-residential customers with various ERUs. Please note this is only the charge for stormwater. This does not include water and sewer charges.

ERU UnitsExisting Bimonthly ChargeRevised Bimonthly ChargeDifference
5$74.15$100.00$25.85
10$148.30$200.00$51.70
15$222.45$300.00$77.55
20$296.60$400.00$103.40
25$370.75$500.00$129.25


Water Rates

The McFarland Water Utility is regulated by the Public Service Commission (PSC). Water rates were last adjusted on August 13, 2021 after the utility had conducted a Conventional Rate Case with the PSC. The Public Utilities Committee and Village Board approved the filing of the conventional rate case on November 17, 2020 and November 23, 2020, respectively. The PSC approved the water rate increase on June 16, 2021. Please reference additional information located under Related Documents including the Conventional Rate Case 2021 (PDF) filed with the PSC and the PSC Final Decision (PDF) received June 16, 2021.