Second City of DeKalb Water Meter to Supply Landscaping or Pool
In this option, the water meter that supplies the pool, sprinkler, hose or other activities that do not require disposal to the sanitary sewer system is separate from the water meter that supplies water for household uses. No sewer charges are applied to this meter.
This solution is applicable in most new installations but may not be appropriate for an existing home service. The City charges a minimum service fee of $15.00 per quarterly billing cycle or a total of $60.00 per year.
Contact the City of DeKalb Water Department at 815 748-2050 for more information about this.
Secondary Meter with Once Yearly Refund
This program is administered by the DeKalb Sanitary District. It involves the installation of a meter by the homeowner or plumber according to DeKalb Sanitary District specifications. After an initial reading, the meter is read by District staff in the fall and the sewer charges that have been paid on water that did not enter the sanitary sewer are refunded by check once each December (with a subtraction of a $25 processing fee).
The home or business owner must purchase the specified meter from a plumbing supply business and pay for the City of DeKalb permit that is required as well as plumbing costs. An estimate of the costs would be about $400, but that would vary with the installation. It is typically easier to retrofit the plumbing on an existing home with one of these meters than with a second City meter.
No Refunds without Metering
Neither the City nor the District allow a “one-time” refund of sanitary charges. A resident can install a permanent secondary meter but there is no way to receive a credit for lawn watering or filling a pool unless a permanent secondary meter is installed to quantify the amount that did not enter the sanitary sewer. Note that the backwash from in-ground pools does enter the sanitary and is not subject to refunds.