To recover the costs of the water main installed to serve properties, the water utility assesses the cost for water main extensions to adjacent property owners. In the past few years, assessment costs have ranged from $75 per frontage foot to $90 per frontage foot depending on the project, plus the cost for the service from the main to the lot line, typically ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 each depending on the size of the service. To calculate what your assessment may be, multiply the cost per frontage foot by the frontage for your property and add the cost for the service. Typical properties in Brookfield have frontages ranging from 130 feet to 200 feet. So for a property with a frontage of 130 feet, the water main assessment costs can range from approximately $11,750 to $15,700. For a property with a frontage of 200 feet, the assessment can range from approximately $17,000 to $22,000.
This information is provided so you can begin planning now for this future water main assessment. The assessment may be paid in a lump sum or in a ten year timeframe at a 7% interest rate.
It must be stated that these are only examples of what the assessment could be, based on averages and bids received on projects in the past few years. Actual assessments will vary in the future as construction costs vary and the frontage of properties vary. These costs are meant to be representative only and in no way provide a guarantee of a maximum cost for the water main assessment. There are other rules that apply for oddly configured or small lots that affect the assessment costs. For further details, please contact the Engineering Division on rules for calculating water main assessments.
These sample assessments do NOT include the cost for property owners to install water service from the lot line to the house. These costs can range from $3,000 to $6,000 or more depending on internal plumbing, distance from the lot line to the house, trees or patios that may need to be restored, etc.