Sumner is proud to provide excellent water, sewer and stormwater service. Learn more about your account, these services and how together, we can carefully use the precious resource of water.
- Utility Rates & Fees
- Pay Utility Bill Online
- What to do if you have a water leak
- Utility forms
Opening an Account
If you just moved, fill out the form online or give us a call to establish your utility account and begin service.
Closing an Account
If you are moving away, fill out the form to close your account. We will send you a closing bill after the final reading of your meter. Please give us a call if you have any questions.
Calculating Sewer Use
Sewer charges are calculated based on your winter water use and is updated each spring. The City uses your winter water use to calculate sewer rates so as not to charge you for water used in summer for irrigation, which does not impact sewers.
Third Party Payment
There are independent online payment systems available through third parties such as Doxo and MoneyGram. These are not affiliated nor associated with the City of Sumner as an official payment site. The City is not responsible for payments lost or delayed by such third parties, including online banking systems. Should an independent site/ bank lose or delay sending your payment to the city, as has recently occurred, your account may incur normal penalties for missing/late payments that we cannot forgive even if you paid the third-party site on time. If you’ve received a shut-off notice, please contact the City directly to discuss the best way to make sure your payment reaches the City in time.
Struggling with Payment?
While immediate payment is always the best remedy, if you are unable to make a payment at this time, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 253-299-5546. We can help. We can arrange a payment plan that assists you.
Make sure you pay on time and avoid late fees! Any bill not paid within 20 days of the billing date shall be assessed a penalty of five percent of the total outstanding balance with a minimum penalty of $15.00. If the past due balance is less than $35.00, the penalty shall be waived. Any account that is scheduled to have services disconnected for a delinquent bill will be assessed an additional $40 fee.
Once service has been disconnected for non-payment, the account balance must be paid in full including late fees and disconnection fees in order to restore service. If full payment is made for an account after 4 pm, the service may NOT be restored until the following business day.
Loss of Service
Avoid Loss of Service
Loss of service, or shut-off, never needs to happen. We have several ways for you to avoid this step:
- Pay your bill. Loss of service happens only after multiple late notices are sent to the customer. Paying at any point means late fees but avoids loss of service and reconnection fees.
- Keep your contact information current. If you don’t receive our notices, you may not know you’re facing loss of service.
- If you keep forgetting to pay your bill or are out of town for an extended period, use the new online bill pay system to pay by debit/credit card or e-check from any location. You can also schedule payments in advance or set recurring automatic payments.
- If you’re struggling financially, call us to establish a payment arrangement with us before you reach the shut-off date. This allows you to keep your service without having the full amount you owe at this time.
If You Lose Service
Once you lose water service, you must pay the full amount owed plus the reconnection fee to reestablish service. (This is why calling before shut-off is much better for all of us.) You must pay online or at City Hall. Field staff cannot take payment as they are disconnecting your service. Starting July 1, the reconnection fee is $75 during business hours and $200 after business hours. This is the first time we’ve changed these amounts since 2005.
If There’s a Heat Advisory
If there’s a heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service, as noted on our website, customers who already lost service can request to have it reestablished as long as you agree to a payment plan. The plan’s payments will be no more than 6% of your income. You will still need to pay what you owe. As with any other time, you must call the Utilities Department during business hours or the after-hours line to reestablish service. If you pay online or by the City Hall drop box after hours, your payment won’t be processed for reconnection until the next business day. Please remember that payments through third party websites are not guaranteed to reach us in a timely manner, we encourage you to use our City portal for the fastest payment method.
Billing Questions: 253-299-5546
Questions/problems with your water/sewer line: 253-299-5740
For after-hours water/sewer emergencies, still call this number and press 0 when you hear the message.