Chicago Water Bills

City of Chicago Parishes ONLY

The City of Chicago has reinstated the water fee exemption for not-for-profit organizations (NFPs) as of January 1, 2013. The Real Estate Department has completed the exemption application on your behalf. All Archdiocese parishes in Chicago will receive at least a partial water fee exemption based on their annual assets. The exemption rates are as follows:

Annual Assets Percent Exempted
Under $1,000,000  100%
$1,000,000 - $10,000,000     60%
$10,000,000 - $250,000,000 25%
Over $250,000,000     0

As part of the settlement with the City of Chicago, NFPs are responsible for any balances accrued and due prior to January 1, 2013. The Archdiocese has paid this amount on your behalf and invoiced you on your March 2015 monthly statement.

The sewer waiver available to NFPs in Chicago has not changed. A $500 sewer waiver is automatically applied to each NFP account every six months. Sewer amounts above and beyond the waiver are the responsibility of the water customer.

The Real Estate Department is currently reviewing 2013 and 2014 water and sewer bills for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Sewer bills (and water bills at parishes that don’t qualify for 100% exemption) must be paid. We will let you know when those amounts have been approved and the payment should be made.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Shankie at 312.534.8791 or