Municipal water departments generally process new customer applications differently regarding administrative fees, but most water departments do require pre-service deposits. When administrative fees are assessed, they can range from $15 and up, depending on the local guidelines. Sometimes, the administrative fees appear on the first water bill.
Many water departments require deposits based on specific criteria. They usually require full deposits in advance from new accounts and existing accounts that are not in good standing but may waive the deposit requirement for existing accounts in good standing. Some departments charge deposits in differing amounts according to levels, types of service and various district regulations.