Utilities Information

Billing

Utility Billing (water and sewer service) is completed by the Finance Department staff. Billing is made quarterly for both residential and commercial/industrial customers and includes a basic user charge based on the meter size servicing the property.  Utility bills are mailed on the 1st of the month and due on the last day of the month.  The color of your utility bill determines the months in which you are billed.

Buff Bills           January-April-July-August                 

Green Bills        February-May-August-November

Blue Bills          March-June-September-December

Payments

You can pay your Utility Bill in a variety of ways…

 

CREDIT & DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS
You can now pay your water/sewer bill online using your credit or debit card. Click the applicable button below and complete the form to make a payment. Clicking the button will take you to a different website. Please note that a convenience fee will be added when using this payment option.

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Automatic Debit Option:

To have your Utility Bill payments automatically deducted from your checking or savings account on the bill’s due date complete and submit an ACH-Debit-Fillable-Form

Mail Option:

Utility Bills can be mailed to,

City of Charlotte, 111 E. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813;

Drop Box Option:

Utility bills may be dropped off in one of two drop boxes.  A walk-up drop box is located on the first floor of the City Hall between the glass doors of the Lawrence Ave. entrance. and a drive-up “Green” drop box is located behind City Hall on the corner of Washington and Harris Streets.

In Person Option:

Utility bills may be paid at the General Office counter located on the first floor of City Hall

Service Activation/Termination

To activate or terminate City of Charlotte Utility Services (water and sewer) call the Utility Billing Department at 517-543-8839. In order to provide enough time for City Staff to obtain a final water meter reading, please contact us at least one week prior to your move-in/move-out date. If activating service, be sure to inquire about the Automatic Billing Payment program.

Water Leaks

It’s Only a Small Drip…Right?                  

Slow drips of water can add up quickly.  A toilet that “keeps running” after you flush or a sink that drips after it is turned off can waste thousands of gallons of water a year.  Fix leaks as soon as you find them!

A “Running” Toilet Leak

Toilet leaks can range from small to large, constant or random.  Many are even silent.  Even a small, silent leak can easily waste $50 per year in water and sewer costs.  Large leaks can waste much more.  Fortunately, most toilet leaks are relatively easy to fix.  In a properly functioning toilet, no water should move from the tank to the bowl, unless the toilet is being flushed.  A leaking toilet loses water from the tank to the bowl without being flushed.

Checking for a leaky toilet:

  1. Remove the tank lid
  2. Put 5-10 drops of food coloring in the toilet TANK.
  3. Put the tank lid back on but don’t flush it
  4. After 15 minutes, check the toilet BOWL.  If you see colored water, you have a leak.

The most likely culprit is the flapper valve, the rubber thing in the bottom of the tank that keeps water in the tank.

For a video on how to check for a leaky toilet click on the link below:

http://www.savingwater.org/inside_laundry_fixaleak.htm