Augusta’s sewage collection system consists of underground sanitary sewer pipes, manholes, and lift stations that transport the wastewater from your sinks, toilets, and plumbing to the treatment plant. The treatment plant uses biological processes and physical separation to break down the wastewater into three manageable components 1) trash and debris, 2) clean water, and 3) sludge. The trash and debris is disposed at the Butler County landfill. Sludge is used as fertilizer and land-applied to several city-owned and privately owned field crops. Clean, treated water is discharged to the Whitewater River south of Augusta city limits.

Wastewater Rate ScheduleThe following water rates are effective January 1, 2024.  The city has a monthly base rate of $27.24 plus a tiered rate per 1,000 gallons of usage.

            Gallons of Water                          Rate per 1,000 Gallons             
0 -10,000 $0.61
 10,001 - 50,000  $0.72 
 50,001 - 99,999 $0.77
 100,000 + $0.88

Pursuant to City Ordinance No. 2123, the base charge will be increased by 3% annually on January 1st.

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Call 1-800-272-9829 or pay online by credit card. Select "Local Payments" and enter Jurisdiction Code 6523. A processing fee may apply.

Report a Sewer Backup

From time to time some homes may experience a sewer backup. In most cases the backup is due to problems in the home sewer lateral (typically tree roots). Learn more about sewer backups.  Don’t Panic! Call us ASAP!

If you believe the sewer backup is being caused by a blockage in the city sewer main, call 1-316-775-4535 during regular business hours to report the backup. After hours, contact Public Safety Department at 1-316-775-4500 and they will page the wastewater operators who are on call.

What Can I Flush Down the Toilet?Short answer: if it didn’t come out of your body and it isn’t toilet paper, then it does not belong in the toilet! Just because an item can physically be flushed, does not mean that it should.  "Flushable" wipes, for example, do not break down in the sewer system and actually clog and break pipes, pumps, and lift stations, costing ratepayers like yourself major cash for sewer line repairs.  Learn more about items that cannot be flushed down the drain.