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The City's Water Department will put a boil advisory in effect for two reasons.
The first and most typical reason is if a water main break occurs and there is potential contamination in the area of the break. In this case, the advisory is a precaution and will be in effect for three days in predetermined areas. Once a water main break has been repaired the City is required to take water samples from the area of the break and have them tested for contaminants. These tests take 48 hours. Once the results prove negative for any contaminant, the City will lift the advisory. If a contaminant is detected the City will extend the advisory. New samples will be tested until the contaminant has been removed from the system.
The second, and most rare, reason an advisory would be issued is if a contaminant is detected during the routine testing the City performs on the entire water system. If this is the case, the City will issue a boil advisory for the entire system until the source of the contaminant is determined and until it is proven that the contaminant has been removed from the system.
If a boil advisory is issued, residents should assume the water is unsafe to drink because of the potential contamination. It is important to follow the advisory directions because of the potential contamination.
Under a boil advisory, it is advisable to bring the water you will use for drinking, cooking, and all personal hygiene usage to a rolling boil for three minutes.
Yes, residents may choose to use bottled water while the boil advisory is in effect. In some cases boiling water is not advised. Boiling the water will not remove sodium, nitrates, and other inorganic chemicals from water. It may increase the concentration of these contaminants.
A "no use" advisory would be issued notifying residents that they should not use the water for drinking, cooking, and all personal hygiene usage even after boiling. This type of notice remains in effect until the City's Water Department notifies residents that the water is acceptable for consumption and other uses.
There may come a time when we find it necessary to issue a boil advisory for portions of our City. If the area is reasonably small, notification is given to customers by house to house door tags. If the area affected is large and it is not possible to deliver door tags, the City of Monroe will advise all news media, including local radio stations, TV stations, and newspapers, including the list below:
The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has spread internationally and is now in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
Call your doctor if you…
While the City is closely monitoring the progression of the virus and is planning for the potential spread in the Upper Valley region, we are asking everyone to concentrate their efforts on PREVENTION. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
Prevention measures that are accessible to almost everyone and should be practiced regularly include:
During this time of uncertainty, we also ask that our community continue to follow CDC guidance regarding practicing responsible social distancing and personal prevention measures as well as the following recommendations for People at Serious Risk for COVID-19:
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
Stock up on supplies
Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
Avoid crowds as much as possible
During a COVID-19 outbreak an outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible
To limit exposure we encourage residents to pay utility bills online, by phone, mail or via the drop box located behind the city building near the Police Department entrance.
Online:Create an account here.
Mail to:City of MonroePO Box 330Monroe, OH 45050
Dropbox Location:City of Monroe233 S. Main St.Monroe, OH 45050Green box near the police department entrance.
The Tax office will NOT perform in-person tax preparation services. Phone appointments may be scheduled during normal business hours and on designated Saturdays. If you opt for a scheduled phone appointment, documents must be received in the tax office via mail, fax, drop box, or a secure portal prior to your appointment. Contact the Tax office at email@example.com to obtain access to the secure portal.
To limit exposure please submit income tax payments by phone, mail, or via the drop box located behind the City building near the Police Department entrance.
Phone: 513-539-7374 option 3
Mail to:City of MonroePO Box 629Monroe, OH 45050
To limit exposure we encourage all residents and contractors to submit permits via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. City staff will follow up with a phone call for payments and any questions about the digital submittals.
Please contact Becky Rosenbalm at 513-539-6201 or email@example.com for information specific to your case.
EMS billing is a service fee charged by the City of Monroe for ambulance transportation to a hospital facility.
Billing for EMS covers the expenses that are needed to operate the Fire Department and provide emergency medical services.
The City of Monroe will bill the insurance carriers of Monroe residents who are insured or have Medicare coverage. The City of Monroe will bill all non-residents that are transported via EMS, even if they are not insured.In other words, if you live in Monroe and do not have health insurance, we will not bill you.
For those who live in Monroe, the ambulance bill goes directly to third-party payers (insurance companies.) Third-party payers include Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurers. No bill should ever be sent directly to a person living in Monroe, even if the third-party does not pay.
For those who do not live Monroe, the initial ambulance transport billing is sent a third-party payer, if available. If the bill is not paid by Medicare, Medicaid or a private health insurer, Monroe will bill the individual.
You may receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your insurance carrier. This is not a bill. Your insurance carrier may not reimburse the city for the full fee, but if you live in Monroe, you are not responsible for this difference.
EMS reports are available in compliance with the HIPAA privacy laws to protect the medical information of all patients. Contact the fire department at 513-539-8380 to request a copy of an EMS report.
The City of Monroe contracts with Change Healthcare to process all EMS billing. Please feel free to call them with any questions or concerns related to your ambulance bill at 1-855-626-9660
Click here to be directed to the City of Monroe W-9 form.
Any users looking to construct a new building, finish a basement, an HVAC upgrade or other home improvement projects, would need to apply for a building permit. Visit our Building Forms page to learn more about requirements and to find documentation.
Find information about utility services, online payments, and more by visiting our Utilities page.
Yes! Make your utility payments online by visiting our Payments page.
Please visit the Board of Elections website for your county.
Warren County Board of Elections
Butler County Board of Elections
Please reference the Rumpke trash schedule.
Contact the tax office at 513-539-7374, option 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The City of Monroe is a mandatory filing municipality. However, effective October 28, 2021, our ordinance was revised to the following: individual taxpayers under the age of 18 years old, are only required to file a return if their income or liability meets Federal filing guidelines.
Estimated payments are required by Ordinance if the tax liability for the previous year is $200 or more.
April 15th, June 15th, September 15th, and January 15th
Effective October 28, 2021, local municipal income tax filing requirements for retirees has changed to the following: Any resident individual taxpayer who is fully retired (no taxable income as defined in Section 887.041(a)) shall not be required to file an annual return with this municipality after they have notified the municipality of their retirement in writing.
If a resident individual taxpayer who is fully retired earns taxable income, as defined in Section 887.041(a), in any particular fiscal year and the amount of the income meets the federal filing guidelines, the taxpayer shall file an annual municipal income tax return with the municipality.
For questions or to complete a Retiree Notification Form, contact us at 513.539.7374 option 3 or email@example.com.
Yes. A return is required to be filed. The return will be prorated based upon the number of days as a Monroe resident.
February 28th each year.
Effective October 28, 2021, withholding payments are required by Ordinance as follows:
Monthly withholding payments are due on the 15th of the following month. Quarterly withholding payments are due: 1/31, 4/30, 7/31 and 10/31.
Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm for assistance via phone or email.Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm for walk-in tax preparation, payment processing and general assistance.
Contact the tax office at 513-539-7374, option 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Payments can be made via the drop box located near the lower level entrance, by US mail, or through the Community Service Specialists by walk-in or by calling 513-539-7374..
No. You are not required to file a joint return with Monroe. However, it is preferred that couples file in a consistent format each year (joint or separate). There is no advantage to filing separately with the City.
Yes, the City of Monroe has a mandatory filing requirement.
Contact the tax office at 513.539.7374, option 3 or email@example.com for more information.
The Monroe Local School district number is 0910.
Monroe will give 100% credit up to your individual tax rate (2% for renters and 1.5% for homeowners) OR the tax rate of that city (whichever is lower).
Box 5 or Box 18, whichever is higher.
*If the due date falls on a weekend or a federal holiday, the due date will be the following business day.
Information is available on our website on the "Refunds/1099-G Statements" page or click here to obtain a Non-Resident Refund Request Form.
A list of taxable and non-taxable income is listed here.
The Monroe Mayor's Court accepts the following as forms of payment: Cash, money order, personal or company check, and all major credit cards. Credit card payments can be paid by telephone or by clicking here. We will send you a receipt either by e-mail, mail or fax. Please do not mail cash.
To make a payment, call 513-539-6201 or visit the Mayor's Court at:
233 S Main StreetMonroe, OH 45050
A payout is a minor misdemeanor that carries a fine that can be paid without making a court appearance. The fine is paid to the Violations Bureau of the court. If you choose to make a court appearance, the payout amount no longer applies. The Magistrate will determine the fine amount and court costs will be added to that amount. For more information, call 513-539-6201.
You may obtain a continuance by signing a Time Waiver and your case will be continued until the next court date. Continuances are not given on the day of court. Please contact Rebecca Rosenbalm, Clerk of Court, at 513-539-6201 for a continuance or further information.
You may obtain a continuance by signing a Time Waiver and your case will be continued until the next court date. Continuances are not given on the day of court. Please contact Rebecca Rosenbalm, Clerk, at 513-539-6201 for a continuance or further information.
If you are unable to pay your fines and costs in full on the day of court, you may be given additional time to pay. We will place you on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly plan that you set up with the Clerk of Court. Failure to adhere to the Payment Agreement or Failure to Pay can result in a warrant for your arrest, possible suspension of your driving privileges, a block against your registration privileges, and the remaining balance sent to collections.
If you have missed one court date and do not have a signed court granted continuance on file, a $10.00 late fee will be added to the cost of your fines and costs, and a notice of a new court date will be mailed to the address on file with the court. If you have missed two court dates, a warrant will be issued for your arrest and a $50.00 warrant fee will be added to the fines and costs. If you have a bench warrant it is possible that a block against your registration privileges has taken place, or a suspension against your driving privileges. Please contact Rebecca Rosenbalm, Clerk, at 513-539-6201 for more information on a specific case.
Most moving violations carry 2 points, other violations such as Reckless Operation or Driving Under Suspension can carry 4 or 6 points. These points are reported to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. For more information, call 513-539-6201.
If you did not have your proof of insurance with you on the date of the citation, proof must be shown to the Clerk of Courts either when paying the citation or appearing in Court. Your insurance must be in effect at the time of your citation and must be for the vehicle in question. You may mail a copy of your insurance card with your citation and payment or you may fax your proof of insurance to 513-360-2218, ATTN: Rebecca Rosenbalm, or email Rebecca Rosenbalm.
The court must report that there was no insurance in effect at the time of the citation to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). The BMV may place a suspension against your driver's license for a period of 90 days to 2 years depending on prior offenses for driving without insurance. Please visit the BMV website for further information or contact Rebecca Rosenbalm, Clerk at 513-539-6201.
For more information, call the Mayor's Court at 513-539-6201.
All non-accident reports must be obtained from the Monroe Police Department. The cost for a report is free unless it is over 10 pages or contains pictures. It's $0.05 per page over 10 pages.
Accident reports, completed by Monroe Police Officers, can be obtained online.
The Police Department offers fingerprinting on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fingerprinting costs $27. No appointment is necessary, but you are required to bring the fingerprint cards that will be used if you need inked prints; if not it will be done electronically.
The Monroe City Police Department is committed to maintaining a professional force and department. Both officers and civilians work for the department. If anyone has a complaint or commendation regarding an officer's actions or a civilian employee’s actions, he/she is encouraged to speak with a department representative about the incident. Everyone should know they have every right to make a complaint and that no retaliation will come as a result of that complaint. The Department will diligently investigate the complaint and implement corrective measures if they are warranted.
Residents who want to ride along with a police officer may obtain a ride along application from the police department. Once it is completed and turned in at the Police Department, an Officer will contact you to set up a date and time for this worthwhile experience.
You can report traffic-related problems in your neighborhood by calling the dispatcher at 513-539-9234. Please provide information to the call taker about the location, nature of the problem, when it occurs, and whether you would like to have an Officer call you back. The problem will be forwarded to the appropriate unit for response and action.
Call the Police Department non-emergency number at 513-539-9234, and advise the call taker of the location and description of the vehicle. An Officer will check the vehicle to determine whether or not it can be legally on the street.
You can report narcotics activity in your neighborhood by calling the Police Department at 513-539-9234.
The City of Monroe Police department does not take reports over the phone. We feel that it is important that an Officer respond to your home or business and talk with you directly while taking a report.
You should pay your ticket by mail, or in person to the appropriate court checked on your citation. The reverse side of the ticket will have information regarding payment. Contact the appropriate court for further information.
If you received a traffic ticket and you feel that it was issued in error, then we encourage you to set up a hearing before a judge. To do this, do not pay the traffic ticket, show up on the court date given on the citation to contest the citation. If you do not pay the citation out prior to the court date or show up on the court date, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
It is the policy of the Department to enforce all of the laws of the State of Ohio, and by doing such, the Department is committed to effective traffic enforcement to reduce accidents, apprehend drunk drivers, and to ensure a high degree of safety on the highway.
Yes, the Police Department depends on citizens calling to report crimes or suspicious activity. The police person who takes your call will ask questions about the suspicious activity to determine its nature and ask for descriptions of the people involved. You may be asked if an officer or detective may contact you. Please call 513-539-9234 to report suspicious activity.
To report incidents involving animals call 513-539-9234. If an animal appears to be a threat to the safety of an individual, call 911.
While the noise is occurring, call the Police Department non-emergency number 513-539-9234.
Officers generally do not actively get involved in civil disputes as they are not empowered by state statute to do so. These incidents are best dealt with by contacting an attorney or the courthouse. However, do not hesitate to call for an officer in any situation, as he/she will recommend some options available to you.
Contact the following credit bureaus:
If you are a resident of Monroe and are a victim of Identity Theft, call the non-emergency number at 513-539-9234 to have an officer dispatched to take a police report or stop into the police department to file the report. You should bring in any paperwork or evidence you have regarding the identity theft.
For further information regarding identity theft, visit the following links:
The Utility Billing & Collections Office is located at:
City of Monroe Administration Building233 S. Main St. Monroe, OH 45050
The Utility Billing Office is open to the public from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
All requests to start, stop, or transfer utility service are done online. Click here to sign up for new service.
To make updates to your utility account, please contact the Utility Billing Department at 513-539-7374, option 1ORComplete the online utility updates form HERE.
Click here to see a list of all payment options.
Of course! We accept Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.
Click here to make an online utility payment.
You may also call the office to make a payment over the phone, or stop into the City Administration Building at:
233 S. Main St. Monroe, OH 45050
To discuss possible payment arrangements, please contact the Utility Billing & Collections Office at 513-539-7374, option 1.
Please contact the Utility Billing Department at 513-539-7374, option 1, to discuss the possibility of a promise to pay.
Please email your request to UB@Monroeohio.org and we will provide a copy of the bills as quickly as we can, depending upon the size of the request.
You may also sign up for paperless utility bills here.
If there is a utility account balance that is more than 15 days past due, the water service may be subject to disconnection. The delinquent message on your bill is notification that you are eligible for water disconnection on the next shut off day. Please submit a payment immediately to avoid any interruption in your water service.
The utility bills are always due on the 18th of each month.
There is a utility deposit for any customer who does not own the property. When an application is submitted by someone who is not the property owner, a deposit of two hundred dollars ($200.00) shall be charged to the occupant for which application for water service is requested.
The deposit of two hundred dollars ($200.00) will be applied to the final water bill, and any remaining credit balance will be refunded. Refund checks will be mailed 2-4 weeks after the final reading date.
Click here to sign up for paperless utility bills.
If your bill is higher than normal, please visit our high bill investigation page for tips and troubleshooting.
Yes! All adjustment requests are submitted online. Please click here to access the Bill Adjustment Request Form.
(If you are unable to submit a request online, you may bring proof of leak repair to the City Administrative Building, and a Customer Service Specialist will complete the online process for you.)
Storm water refers to the surface water that is the result of heavy rain or snowfall. The water that results from heavy rain or snow melting must be drained properly in order to control flooding and prevent pollution, and the City is responsible for the installation and maintenance of the City's storm water drainage system.
There are two main reasons:First, additional revenue is needed for storm water operations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has required that Monroe, and over 400 other municipalities in Ohio, to improve storm water operations in order to prevent pollution and improve storm water quality. Second, dedicated revenue is needed in order for the City to maintain and improve the storm sewer system.
A major storm water quality concern is "non-point source pollution". As the name implies, non-point source pollution comes from numerous locations and is carried through water runoff. The types of pollutants include toxins, metals, oils, nutrients, and fecal coliform bacteria from septic systems, leaking sanitary sewers, farm animals, and pets. These directly impact water quality and now represent a large percentage of the pollution picture. Street sweeping, elimination of septic flows and leaking sanitary sewers, and increased cleaning of storm drains can control these pollutants.
Please see our utility rate page for more information on current storm water rates.
Storm water charges are based on the amount of impervious area that is located on the property. Impervious area is the best indicator of how much that particular property will use the storm water system. The City of Monroe currently charges a single, flat rate for all residential properties. Commercial and industrial properties are charged based on a tiered rate structure. The rate tier for commercial and industrial storm water charges is determined by the approximate impervious area of the property.
When property is improved through buildings, pavement, or trafficked gravel, water is prevented or retarded from getting into the soil. These areas where water cannot get back into the soil are termed "impervious surfaces" because they restrict natural infiltration and increase runoff from the property.
Impervious area on non-residential properties was measured from recent aerial photos with the actual measurement done via computer imaging. This produces a high degree of accuracy.
No. There will be a recurring monthly fee for the development of new storm water operations, control facilities, their maintenance and water quality compliance.
The storm water fee will appear on your monthly utility bill.
All developed properties within the City will pay the monthly storm water service fee. This includes properties with houses, schools, public facilities, churches and businesses.
Once the impervious area-based rate structure is in place, there will be a review process. It will include a review of the accuracy of the City's impervious surface measurements and the calculation of the service fee.
Currently the storm water charges raise approximately $140,000 annually; however, the City requires far more revenue for storm water than what is currently collected. The storm water program is intended to fund capital improvements, operations, maintenance, development review, administrative services, field inspection and regulatory compliance.
The service charge, just like water and sewer fees, is based upon the cost of services provided. The storm water charge is not the same as a tax, but rather, the storm water fees are billed to all customers who receive the service. Churches and schools contribute a significant amount of runoff to the City because of their size and amount of impervious surface; therefore, these entities will be treated like all other customers under the rate structure.
For commercial or industrial property owners, the IRS may consider the storm water charge as being a cost of doing business; however, this depends on each specific tax situation. Residential property owners will likely not be able to deduct the storm water fee on their taxes.
Currently there are no plans to offer a credit or reduction program for storm water.
The storm water charge is not a tax, but a user fee. A public vote is not required to impose a user fee. The City Council has reviewed a number of options for funding storm water management. Ordinance 2003-25 was presented in two readings for approval to Council and went into effect September 25, 2003.
Unpaid charges may be assessed to property taxes, or referred to a collection agency.
Some of the other important components of this program include:
Property taxes are based upon the assessed valuation of land and their improvements. These values have little relationship to an individual property's use of the storm drainage system. A service fee is a more equitable method of funding the program.
No. Every developer is required to provide the drainage improvements necessary to handle the runoff generated by that development. Developers must also pay an impact fee or construct an equivalent portion of the City's storm drain system to relieve the impact of the new development on the overall system. All impervious area created by these new developments will be included within the storm water utility and will pay the service fee just as everyone else in the City.
Under most conditions, the storm water charge will go to whoever pays the water bill for the property.
Parking spaces are based on standard estimates of traffic and need, and are necessary requirements of doing business.
Your property may not be physically connected to the drainage system in the same manner as water or sewer, but you are still provided with storm water service. The City's storm water program improves and maintains the upstream storm water facilities that protect your property. They establish design criteria, and regulate development that helps control off site storm water problems. This program is taking steps to reduce storm water pollutants that degrade our culinary water quality and the environment of the City. Every property owner in Monroe is served by these activities.
Yes. There are many storm water utilities in large and small communities throughout the nation, with many more in the planning stages. Locally, the following localities have implemented or will soon implement fees for storm water management:
Under law, storm water fees may not exceed the cost of providing storm water improvements and services. Your fees will go into an "enterprise" or special fund that will be used only for the storm water program. Professional auditors, to ensure compliance, will audit this fund annually.
Please contact our Public Works Department at 513-539-7374 or email us, and we will be happy to discuss your concerns.
On July 26, 2016, Monroe City Council approved a new street light utility charge to be billed on the customer’s monthly utility bill. The street light charge was established to recover the costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the street lights.
Street lights provide overall equal benefit of public safety and security for all residents and businesses. The street light charge was established to recover the costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the street lights.
All parcels are charged the street lights.
In order to determine the monthly street light utility charge, the total street light costs for the prior calendar year is divided by the number of utility accounts billed by the City. Unless otherwise billed to individual units, multiple unit dwellings will be billed by the aggregation of each of the single-family equivalents. For example, a four-unit apartment building would be billed at the sum of four separate units.
The street light charge will be billed each month on the utility bill.
Street lights provide a standardized public street lighting system citywide that will promote safety and security in our neighborhoods, business districts, and across the roadways.
The summer sewer credit program is authorized by Butler County Water & Sewer Department to give homeowners a break on their sewer bill for outdoor watering activities such as filling up pools or watering for new sod during the summer months. This credit will be applied automatically to the bills during the months of July – November (which is for June – October usage).
The City of Monroe will calculate your average winter usage from bills during the months of December – April (which is for November – March usage.) Your summer sewer usage will then be capped not exceed the average amount calculated from the winter months.
If there is no history to calculate your winter average, the base usage used for the summer sewer credit will be 6,000 gallons.
Summer sewer credits are only permitted during the period starting with your May meter reading and ending with your October meter reading. If you filled your pool or watered your lawn before your May meter reading or after the October reading, then unfortunately we will not be able to provide a sewer adjustment.
For this reason, we highly recommend that if you plan on any outdoor water usage before May or after October to please phone the Utility Billing Office to find out if the usage will be included in the summer sewer credit period.
If you had to refill your pool because of a pump issue or because there was a hole in the liner, then we may be able to adjust your sewage due to the problem being considered a leak event. Please complete our online Bill Adjustment Request Form to find out if you are eligible for an adjustment.
Please click here to view a list of trash collection days by street name.
If your trash was missed, please complete the trash and recycling complaint form. This completed form is logged for our records and routed directly to Rumpke to coordinate a pick up. If they are still in the area, they will pick up the missed trash or recycling the same day. If they have left the area, usually they will pick up the missed trash within the next 24 hours with the exception of weekends and/or holidays.
Rumpke provides the recycling containers free of charge, and there are two different sizes: you may choose a small, red bin with handles (no lid), or a large tote can with wheels and a lid. Please contact Rumpke directly at (513) 742-2900 to request a recycling container.
Twice a year, as determined by City Council, Rumpke will pick up large items (items that normally would not be picked up on regular trash pick-ups). They are always on a Saturday, and usually happen in the spring and fall. Large item pick-up days will be advertised on the Monroe website, the City of Monroe Facebook page, and in the Monroe Messenger.
Rumpke's phone number is 513-742-2900.
All applications to sign up for new service are done online. Please click here to begin the online process.
All new homes in Monroe are required to have water meters installed in pits in the front yard. Older homes will probably have meters located inside the home or building. Each meter is read remotely by use of radio technology. The unit that allows this technology to be used is located on the lid of the water meter pit, so please be careful while mowing or working around the pit lid to prevent damaging the read unit.
The meter dial contains a leak detector indicator. This is a small, red asterisk to the left of the center of the dial. This indicator rotates, even when there are minute amounts of water flow. If all water-using appliances are turned off and not using water, the leak indicator should not be moving at all. If it is, there is a leak somewhere inside the home or building. It is the customer's responsibility to have leaks repaired unless the leak is within the meter itself.
The meters are owned, installed, and maintained by the City of Monroe. Water meters must remain accessible at all times for reading, inspection, and removal for repairs. Meter locations must be approved by the Monroe Water Department, as are any changes in the location of the meter.
Beginning December 31, 2012, the FCC regulations required the City to update our meter reading equipment, including the transponders that are attached to the meters and in some cases, the entire meter. Instead of charging each resident one costly, up-front sum for the upgrade to their meter, City Council has adopted a flat monthly fee for all residential customers to fund this initial project, as well as future upgrades to the meters and reading system (Ordinance 1040.04 .) The meter replacement for commercial or industrial customers is based on a tiered rate structure according to the size of the meter.
Please see our utility rates page for more information on current meter replacement rates.
AMR stands for Automatic Meter Reading. AMR refers to the method of obtaining water meter readings electronically. The water meter uses a radio frequency signal to transmit the meter reading to a receiver that is utilized by the City’s meter reading staff.
No. The transmitter is fully compliant with all FCC regulations and will not interfere with any other radio signal.
Yes, if the water meter is located inside your house and has not recently been replaced. If your water meter is inside, someone will need to provide access to the meter. You will need to make those arrangements with us to have someone at your residence during the appointment slot.
No, if the water meter is located outside in a meter pit. We will confirm that no water is currently being used prior to replacing the meter.
A normal meter replacement will typically take 15-25 minutes, however, each location is different taking into consideration the condition of the adjacent plumbing and other conflicting home improvements.
Please call the Utility Billing Office at 513-539-7374, option 1.
Your monthly utility bill may vary based on how much water has been used. Please call the Utility Billing Office at 513-539-7374, option 1, to find out the amount of your bill.
Meter reading dates for the subsequent month are listed on your current month's utility bill. Monthly readings are usually obtained between the 13th-16th each month.
Your water meter is scheduled to be read each month. If the meter cannot be read, your bill will be estimated based on previous usage history.
If the water is coming from the meter, the Water Department will come out and replace the meter at no additional charge to the resident. If the water is leaking from the pipes on either side of the meter, it is the responsibility of the property owner and you will need to contact a plumber. The City cannot recommend a plumber.
There is a trip charge of $35 each direction during the Water Department working hours. The City does not take requests to shut the water off outside of the Water Department's working hours of 7 am to 3 pm. If you have an emergency, please contact dispatch at 513-539-9234.
The City provides an automatic summer sewer credit starting with your May meter reading and ending with your October meter reading.
To find out if your pool fill is eligible for this adjustment, please complete our online Bill Adjustment Request Form.
The City will only repair from the water main to the property line. After the service crosses the property line, maintenance becomes the responsibility of the property owner.
Sometimes you can hear the toilet running. There are also leaks that are considered silent toilet leaks. Here are two tests that you can do to help you check your toilet for a leak:
1. Dye Test – Flush the toilet and wait 5 minutes for it to refill. Put a few drops of food coloring in the back of the toilet tank. Wait about an hour and do not flush. If the food coloring is now in the bowl of the toilet you will need to check, and in most cases, replace the plunger and seam in the toilet tank.
2. Stand tube test – Flush the toilet and wait 5 minutes for it to refill. Remove the back of the toilet tank cover. Sprinkle some powder on the top of the water. If the water level is too high, you will see the powder on top of the water drain down into the stand tube. This is a silent type leak in your toilet. You will need to adjust the water level to ½ inch below the stand tube.
For other ways to troubleshoot high water usage, please visit our High Bill Investigation page.
If you had a leak, and the water did not enter the sanitary sewer, then we can make an adjustment to the sanitary sewer portion of the bill only.
Please access our online Bill Adjustment Request Form to find out if your bill can be adjusted.
All leaks will affect your bill.
A faucet with a slow drip can waste almost 3 gallons of water a day.
Toilet leaks are the most common type of leaks and are difficult to find because the water is lost directly to the sewer. Toilet leaks can increase your bill substantially.
Refer to our High Bill Investigation page for ways to troubleshoot high water usage.
Please visit our Water Conservation page to learn more about many ways to save water.
No - a landlord cannot use the termination of utility services as a means of eviction. This is a landlord/tenant dispute that must be settled through civil court.
Turn the water on in your bathtub and let it run for 10 to 15 minutes. Then try not to run any water for 1 hour. This should take care of the problem - if it does not, please call the Public Works Department at 513-727-8953 and we will send someone out to flush.
The hardness is 8 to 10 grains per gallon.
The boil advisory is a precautionary measure put into place to make certain that water quality has not been compromised. While on a boil advisory, you should not consume any City water unless it has been boiled for 10 minutes.
There is no danger in showering while under a boil advisory (just be careful not to drink the water as you shower or bathe.)
If you are under a boil advisory and need to give water to your pets, it is a good idea to boil water for your pet as well.
233 S Main Street
P.O. Box 330
Monroe, OH 45050-0330