Why is my sewer bill higher than my water bill?

It is more costly to treat contaminated water and return it to the environment to meet all of the health requirements.

Well Water

Jamestown water customers are very fortunate to receive some of the finest and purest artesian well water in the country with only a minimum of added chlorine to disinfect and fluoride to prevent tooth decay. The costs to provide this water are relatively low because it does not require a great deal of treatment before its delivery to your home or business.


Wastewater, on the other hand, requires a great deal of treatment to condition it for return to its place in the hydrologic cycle. That treatment is very expensive and accounts for the higher expense to clean wastewater.

Contact Us

For more information please contact the Sewer Maintenance Office at 716-661-1652.

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1. Where does the responsibility of the homeowner lie in regard to the sewer lateral?
2. Is it illegal to connect any downspouts, groundwater sump pumps or overflows to the sanitary sewer?
3. We have had backups at our home previously. What can we do to prevent this situation from happening again?
4. Why is my sewer bill higher than my water bill?
5. Will I be billed for sewer when I fill my swimming pool or can the fee be waived?
6. Am I allowed to install my own sewer line?
7. Can I, as a homeowner, do plumbing in my own home?
8. Does the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) have records of the location of my sewer?
9. What type of sewer lateral do I have at my home?