Because of the revised primacy fee structure from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, City of Columbia Water & Light water utility customers will see an increase in their monthly bills in 2022.

The primacy fee is reflected in your monthly bill as State Regulatory Fee - Water.

The primacy fee, which was signed into Missouri law in July 1992, is a user fee paid by customers of the state's public water supply systems. The annual fee supports the MDNR's efforts to ensure Missourians are provided safe drinking water. The restructured fees, which go into effect Jan. 1, are based on the size of the customer's connection. (See chart below.)

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City of Columbia Utilities forwards the fees to the Missouri Department of Revenue to fund the Missouri Public Drinking Water Program.

Missouri Primacy Fee rate structure

Number of Connections with Unmetered
or Meter Size <1"
Current Fee Amount on Monthly BillRevised Fee Amount
Effective January 1, 2022
35,001 to 50,000$0.13$0.40
Meter Size

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