How is ES Funded?

The Department of Environmental Services is funded largely through two enterprise funds - the Clean Water Enterprise Fund and the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund. Revenue collected from ratepayers is only used to fund programs within each of these enterprise funds, so revenue collected represents the true cost of operating the wastewater or solid waste utility over the long term.

Wastewater Utility Funding

Springfield's Sanitary Sewer System is supported by the Clean Water Enterprise Fund which is primarily supported by sanitary sewer use fees (i.e. wastewater rates). In addition, there are other minor revenue streams within the enterprise fund, such as a hauled waste tipping fee for trucks that take liquid waste to the treatment plants as well as permit and connection fees related to new developments. Revenue collected from wastewater rate payers is only used to fund programs within the wastewater enterprise system, so revenue collected represents the true cost of operating the sewer utility over the long term. Revenue is used to support the operational budget which includes the annual cost of personnel and operations for the wastewater utility. In addition to the operations budget, the remaining sewer revenue goes toward either servicing debt, funding “pay as you go” capital improvement projects, or the Clean Water Enterprise reserve fund balance.

Learn more about sewer rates and wastewater funding. 

Solid Waste Utility Funding

Approved by voters in 1991, Springfield’s Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) includes the Springfield Sanitary Landfill, three recycling drop-off sites, a Yardwaste Recycling Center, Household Chemical Collection Center and education and market development programs. Curbside collection of trash and recyclables is provided by private, independent trash hauling companies. This environmentally sound and economically feasible system represents a long-term solution to preserve the natural resources of the region for present and future generations. The Integrated Solid Waste Management System is funded primarily by revenue generated from disposal or “tipping” fees at the Sanitary Landfill. The sale of compost and mulch products, grants, honor system fees and donations also contribute to the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund that funds the ISWMS. 

Learn more about solid waste services and fees.