Water & Sewer Accounts
Information regarding the current balance due on your water and sewer account as well as historical water consumption data can be found online on the Bloomfield Township Internet Services Portal hosted by BS&A Software. Once on the portal, please click on the UTILITY BILLING SEARCH icon on the left where you can search by address, customer name, account number or parcel number.
Most water and sewer customers are billed every three months while some high volume customers are billed monthly. Billings are based upon the water consumption measured by the water meter connected to the customer's water service. The following services are provided:
- Meter repairs or replacements
- Investigation of high or low consumption readings
- Monthly meter readings
- Final meter readings for occupancy changes
- Seasonal meter installations and removal
- Monthly billings
- Final bills for occupancy changes
- Account status updates
Meter and Billing FAQ
1. We are moving. Do you take final meter readings?
Yes, we will take a final meter reading and prepare a final bill. However, in some cases we will need to gain access inside the house so it is best to request the reading prior to moving. Please call the Treasurers Office at 248-433-7705 to make arrangements. Please allow one business days notice.
Final Water Bill Request Form
2. How can I pay my water/sewer bill?
Payments can be made either by cash or check at the Treasurer's Office. Alternatively, residents can pay their bills by American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card by calling 800-272-9829 or visit the Official Payments website. The Township Jurisdiction Code is 3233. There is an additional fee for this service. You may also visit the Payment Options page of this website and use the direct deposit option.
3. How often do we get a bill?
Single-family residential customers are billed for water and sewer services on a quarterly basis or every three months. Most commercial and multi-family customers are billed on a monthly basis.
4. If I have a question about my bill, whom should I call?
The Treasurers Office can answer questions concerning water bills during normal office hours, 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Monday - Thursday, at 248-433-7705.
5. Can we have a separate meter for sprinkling?
At the option and expense of a property owner, an additional water meter, referred to as a secondary water meter, may be installed. The secondary water meter allows for the metering of water that is directed exclusively to a sprinkler system, outside spigot or connection such as, but not limited to, a swimming pool. This water usage will not be applied into the calculation of the sewage disposal bill for the property.
6. Why is my bill so high?
Water consumption varies from season to season, with the tendency for the highest period from April to October when outside usage increases. If your bill is higher than last year and you have not made any plumbing changes at your house, we suggest that you read your meter to confirm the billed amount. Secondly, we suggest that you check each of your plumbing fixtures for leaks.
Leaking Faucets Add Up: A dripping faucet may not seem like a cause for alarm, but those drips add up over time. Thousands of gallons of water are wasted because of a single leaking faucet. The more drips there are, the more dollars and wasted water going down the drain. Tiny drips that seem insignificant will have a significant impact on your yearly water bill expenses. To see how a leaking faucet could be affecting you and your water bills, head to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Leaking Faucet Calculator.
7. Do rates change?
Water and sewer rates are reviewed annually and are adjusted as necessary to accommodate those costs that SOCWA and Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office charge each year.
8. Our tenants didn't pay their water bill. Can you help us out?
Water and Sewer services provided to the house are the responsibility of the homeowners whether they occupy or rent to someone else. Any water and sewer bills that are over 30 days delinquent as of September 1 of each year are placed on the winter tax bill for collection. We suggest that owners check the status of these accounts prior to the delinquent date.
9. Is this water and sewer bill estimated?
Next to the consumption amount on the bill, it should show an “A" which indicates an actual read was obtained. However if your bill was estimated, then you would see the letter “E” next to the consumption reading. Bills are only estimated when the department is unable to gain access to read the meter or we determine that the meter may not be working. Estimated bills are based upon the average consumption from the past three years of meter readings from the same time period or a flat rate.
10. Are there Late Fees?
A 10% late fee will be assessed on all bills not paid within 20 days of the due date as per Ordinance #87, 13.01.
Updated January 2012