Utility Charges

The City of Olathe allocates costs based upon accounting principles developed by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). 

Water (usage) charges are designed to recover the variable costs of operating a potable* water system based upon how much water a customer uses. 

Water Service Charges** are designed to recover fixed costs incurred by the City for operating a potable water system, without regard to quantity of usage. 

The Kansas Water Plan charge is a pass-through fee from the State of Kansas; whereas, the state charges for every 1000 gallons used.  This fee defrays costs for the state water office and the reservoirs that office maintains. 

Sewer (usage) charges  are designed to recover the variable costs for collecting and treating sanitary sewage. 

Sewer Service Charges** are designed to recover fixed costs of operating a sanitary sewer system, without regard to quantity of usage. 

Sanitation charges are designed to recover fixed costs for solid waste residential services including:

  • weekly pickup and disposal of solid waste/ trash
  • biweekly pickup of recyclable materials
  • yard waste pickup and composting as needed
  • availability of Household Hazardous Waste program
  • availability of drop-off & E-waste recycling programs

Storm Water fees are designed to recover the fixed costs of designing, building and maintaining a storm water system.


*Potable water is suitable for drinking because it is clean and uncontaminated.

**Water and Sewer Service Charges are applied to all customers.  Historically, these service charges have been assessed by the City of Olathe for several years.  Full Page billing presents an opportunity to display these charges.

Water, sewer, solid waste and storm water funds are accounted for in the City of Olathe Operating Budget through Enterprise Funds supported by user fees similar to a private business enterprise.  Enterprise funds fully recover their cost through user fees.