The Utility Billing Office is responsible for the monthly billing and collection of Water, Sewer, and Trash user charges.


  1. Read-ins & read-outs (placement and removal of water meters for utility customers when change of occupancy).
  2. Installation of new meter systems.
  3. Replacement of stuck, frozen water meters and meter leaks.
  4. Automated bank drafting weekly for utility payments.
  5. Water meters are read monthly by meter representatives and entered into the computer through an electronic hand-held systems.
  6. Annual in-house meter and remote box check.
  7. Water meter testing on stuck or defective systems.
  8. Placement of construction meters for new development, and hydrant meters for filling pools and fund-raising programs such as car wash for local schools.
  9. Termination of water service for nonpayment of utility bills.


Water Rates

The cost rate schedule for metered water furnished to all properties, the Ayersville Water and Sewer District, the Brunersburg Water District, the Lake Christy Meadows Water Utility, and unmetered bulk water furnished for transport, and for which invoices are issued during 2022 is:  $47.85 per 1,000 cubic feet

The Readiness-to-Serve charges are levied on each water service connection through which potable water is or may be supplied to assessed premises for any purpose other than fire protection, and the amount levied on each service connection to properties inside and outside (x3) the corporate limits of the City for which invoices are issued during 2022 are shown in the chart to the right:

Water Supply Line 
¾"$ 15.93
1"$ 26.45
1¼"$ 42.38
1½"$ 53.05
2"$ 84.91
3"$ 185.75
4"$ 318.60
6"$ 663.65
8"$ 955.80

Water Meter Department

The Water Meter Division is part of the City of Defiance’s Utility Billing Office and is responsible for maintaining more than 6,570 existing water meters. The division is also responsible for the installation of meters on new construction.

The Division is funded by revenues generated from the sale of water measured by residential and commercial meters. Measured water consumption is also the basis for determining wastewater service charges. The accuracy and accountability of these water meters are very important factors in the city’s efforts to maintain competitive water and wastewater rates and to meet funding needs. As long as meters accurately measure water use, customers can be assured that they are paying only for the water and wastewater service they receive.

Although the Water Meter Division’s responsibility primarily begins and ends at the meter, staff are more than happy to answer any questions customers may have about their water service. It is important that we work as a team with you, our customers, to help you get the most for your money. It is also important to remember that water is precious. We all must work together to conserve this important natural resource.

Sign up for My Water Advisor® 2.0 (link below) now to easily allow you to access your account via a web-ready device (computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone application) in real-time while providing the following benefits:

  • Proactively conserve water
  • Address high consumption during the month – not after it’s too late when the bill arrives
  • Be notified of leaks throughout the month to address them promptly


Sewage Rates

The Commodity Charge levied on each property discharging sanitary waste water or other wastes to the municipal sewage collection system and for which invoices are issued during 2022 is:  $4.98 per 100 cubic feet

The Readiness-to-Serve charges levied on sewer connections to properties inside and outside (x3) the corporate limits of the City and for which invoices are issued during 2022 are shown in the chart to the right:

Water Supply Line 
¾"$ 30.23
1"$ 50.19
1¼"$ 80.42
1½"$ 100.67
2"$ 161.13
3"$ 352.49
4"$ 664.60
6"$ 1,259.39
8"$ 1,813.80

Trash & Recycling

Trash Information

City of Defiance Garbage and Recycling Weekly Collection Program and Schedule:

Limit of (1) Mighty Tidy cart per household for trash.
– not to exceed 100 lbs of normal household refuse with the lid closed

Limit of (1) 18-gallon recycling bin for curbside recycling materials.
– recycling will be picked up the same day as trash.

Extra Bags: Residents are allowed to place extra garbage bags (up to 30-gallon in size) outside of the 1 cart limit. EACH BAG must have a prepaid bag tag placed on the top of the bag.  Any bags outside of the cart that do not have a prepaid tag attached will not be picked up. Any resident needing additional bags picked up over the 1 full cart limit may purchase bag tags from WERLOR and Defiance Chief Supermarket. Each bag outside cart must have a tag. Only tagged bags outside the cart will be picked up.

Please see our Trash Pickup Schedule

Time: Collections begin at 7:00 a.m. Please have your Mighty Tidy™ out and ready for collection.

Location: Trash and recycling service are all curbside pickup unless otherwise pre-arranged for disabled pickup. Please place your Mighty Tidy™ cart with handle facing the house and front of cart facing the road. The Mighty Tidy™ cart must be placed at least 4 feet away from vehicles, trees, etc.The 18-gallon recycling bin can be placed next to your cart.

Holiday Schedule: When a legal holiday falls on a weekday, regular scheduled collection will be one day late. Legal holidays honored are: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Saturday and Sunday holidays do not affect the schedule.  See Werlor’s Holiday Schedule.

Monthly Bulk Collection Guidelines
For large, bulky household items such as appliances, furniture, TV’s etc.

Time: Bulk items need to be out by 7:00 a.m. to assure pick up. DO NOT place out more than 24 hours before the scheduled collection day. Residents may be subject to fine or penalty by City of Defiance if placed out other than specified times.

Included: Large bulky household items such as appliances, furniture, TV’s etc.Anyloose household items such as clothing, cookware etc. must be placed in boxes or open containers. NO extra garbage bags will be picked up unless each garbage bag (up to 30-gallon in size) has a prepaid tag attached to each bag. Carpet must be rolled, tied and cannot exceed 40 lbs or 6 feet in length, per roll. PLEASE NOTE: This pickup must be in front of your house, along the street, at the curb where your housefaces.

Excluded: Vehicle parts (including tires), building and construction materials, yard waste, ashes, human wastes, explosives or hazardous materials, cement and rocks. NO extra garbage bags will be picked up unless each garbage bag (up to 30-gallon in size) has a prepaid tag attached to each bag. NO MORE than1 Mighty Tidy™ of regular trash will be collected. Annual collection of Christmas trees will be the first full week of January  on your regular garbage day. THE LANDFILL WILL NOT ACCEPT 55 GALLON DRUMS OR BARRELS UNLESS BOTH ENDS ARE REMOVED. (CALL US TO ARRANGE DISPOSAL OF THESE ITEMS.)

Recycling Information

Please Help make recycling happen by preparing your recyclable materials as requested. What can be recycled and how these materials have to be prepared is determined by the businesses that make products from recycled materials. Careful preparation and separation of recyclables is important. Manufacturers require clean and contaminant-free materials to make new products. Unsorted or improperly prepared materials will be left at the curb with an explanation. Please, no trash. Non-recyclable items will be left in the recycling container. Please dispose with garbage. The following items are part of the curbside recycling program.

Corrugated Cardboard
-Viewed from the edge, corrugated cardboard looks like this: -Remove packing materials, such as foam, peanuts & bubblewrap. -All paste board boxes must have wax liner removed, including cereal boxes. -Flatten boxes and place beneath recycling container. -Cereal or other paperboard boxes OK. -NO wax-coated milk cartons or boxes. -NO juice containers.

Beverage Cans 
-Please drain completely. -Aluminum & steel beverage cans will be separated automatically at the Recycling Center. -You may flatten cans to save space.

Steel Food Cans 
-Rinse clean. -Paper labels OK -Place lid inside can and pinch end close to keep lid inside.

-Stack in brown grocery bags. -DO NOT pack in plastic bags or tie in bundles. -Loose newspaper can cause litter. -Wet newspapers CANNOT be recycled. -Shiny paper is OK.

Glass Bottles & Jars
-We no longer accept any glass, glass bottles, glass jars of any type. ALL glass is considered trash.

Plastic Bottles
-Throw away caps. -MUST rinse clean. Milk and water jugs, Colored detergent bottles, softener and bleach bottles -You may flatten plastic bottles to save space for your home storage. -ONLY #1 & #2 plastic is acceptable. Non-coded or coded #3-7 WILL NOT be acceptable. -NO motor oil, transmission oil or antifreeze containers.

Junk Mail
-White office paper, colored paper, computer paper, notebook paper, junk mail, envelopes (windows OK), manila folders, yellow pad paper, sticky notes & paperback books are OK. Please do not put Junk mail in any type of bag or box. DO NOT pack in plastic bags or tie in bundles.

Scrap Aluminum
-Aluminum cans, Aluminum foil, pie and dinner trays -PLEASE rinse clean. -Aluminum lawn furniture etc. -Remove fabric and other contaminants.

Utility Billing Office:

Municipal Building
631 Perry Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512



Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Customers can also make their utility and tax payments through the mail, secured drop slot on the north side of the building at 631 Perry St, or through Official Payments

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Residence maintaining active water accounts with the City may be excluded from refuse charges for temporary periods of time if the dwelling is reported to be vacant and the total quantity of water furnished to the dwelling is consistent with such report. Billing for a residence may be suspended if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The City water account remains active.
  2. The request for suspended billing is made in advance of any billing period for which the resident is requesting suspension of charges. No credit will be given for past or partial monthly billing periods.
  3. The total quantity of water furnished to the dwelling reflects vacancy for the entire billing period. Charges may not be suspended for a billing period if there is occupancy for any part of that period.
  4. Payment on the account is current.

Charges for which residents have requested suspension will be resumed without notification to the resident if all of the above conditions are not met at any time during the suspension period, or if refuse is placed out for disposal at any time during this period.

Frequently Asked Questions

For residential customers, both your water and your sewer bill is based on the water meter readings. If you believe your bill is higher than it should be, first check the areas listed below, then contact Utility Customer Service at 419.782.1946.

Do you have a leaky valve on a toilet? Most high consumption problems are caused by leaks in the toilet. To test for a leak, simply place food coloring in the upper tank of your toilet. Wait about five minutes and see if the color shows up in the bowl. If it does, you have a leaking valve that should be replaced.

Do you have faucets that drip? Even a slow drip can waste water and money and should be repaired.

Flow restrictors can be installed in the shower heads to reduce water consumption.

For residential customers, both your water and your sewer bill is based on the water meter readings. If you believe your bill is lower than it should be, contact Utility Customer Service at 419.782.1946.

The City is responsible for any repairs in the system leading up to and including the “curb box”.  The property owner is responsible for any repairs from the “curb box” to the house or building being served and everything inside.

Help Us Conserve Water

Water conservation saves money, energy and the environment.

Small adjustments can have a big impact.

Recycling DOs

Please include these items in your recycling bins:

Junk Mail
Corrugated Boxes
Paper Grocery Bags
Plastic Bottles #1 & #2
Plastic Jars #1 & #2
Steel Food Cans
Aluminum  Cans
Steel Cans
Cereal & Other Paste Board Boxes

Recycling DON’Ts

We CANNOT accept the following items:

NO Wet Newspaper
NO Plastic Bags
NO Glass
NO Ceramics
NO Light Bulbs
NO Mirrors
NO Used Motor Oil
NO Transmission Oil
NO Anti-Freeze
NO Oil Containers
NO Styrofoam
NO Plastic Grocery Bags
(Take to grocery store)

Thank you for recycling!