Tap Fees


Residential and commercial units served by individual meters are charged based on the size meter installed for the unit according to Table 1. Where a single meter will serve a building containing multiple residential units, the minimum size meter shall be ¾-inch for two and three-unit buildings, and 1-inch for four-unit buildings. Where separate meters will serve each unit of a multi-unit building, separate tap charges from Table 1 will apply for each unit. Del-Co Water reserves the right to determine the meter size to ensure adequate service will be provided. Table 1 – Individual Meter Tap Charge

Meter Size Capacity Charge Meter Charge Total Tap Fee Capacity GPM Service Line Size from Main to Meter
5/8” $4,400.00 $800.00 $5,200.00 20 1”
3/4” $7,700.00 $850.00 $8,550.00 35 1”
1” $12,100.00 $900.00 $13,000.00 55 1”
1 1/2” $22,000.00 $2,300.00 $24,300.00 100 2”
2” $35,200.00 $3,700.00 $38,900.00 160 2”
Greater Than 2” Contact Engineering Department
**Note: Add a $10.00 membership fee to all tap fees.


Buildings provided with separate fire service lines are charged a fire capacity surcharge that is added to the fee in Table 1. The surcharge fee is based on the diameter of the fire service line according to Table 2. An annual maintenance fee is also charged for fire service lines as shown in Table 2.

Table 2 – Fire Service Capacity Surcharge

Line Size Surcharge Fee Annual Fee
1 1/2” $1,125.00 $15.00
2” $2,000.00 $30.00
3” $4,500.00 $66.00
4” $8,000.00 $120.00
6” $18,000.00 $240.00
8” $32,000.00 $360.00
10” $50,000.00 $720.00
12” $72,000.00 $1,080.00
14” $98,000.00 $1,200.00
16” $128,000.00 $1,560.00


The total connection fee for areas served by a master meter shall be the summation of the capacity charge, meter charge, and the fire service capacity surcharge as determined from Table 3. The minimum capacity charge for a single commercial building shall be $5,100.00. Usage estimates shall be provided by a licensed professional engineer to Del-Co Water upon request.

Table 3 – Master Meter Tap Charge

Capacity Charge Residential Units Number Bedrooms in Unit Fee per Unit
1 $2,800.00
2 $3,300.00
3 $3,900.00
4 or Single Family Unit $4,400.00
Commercial Units and Multi-use Buildings Capacity charge is based on the estimated water usage for each building. Basis of estimating usage shall be AWWA M22, Sizing Water Service Lines and Meters. Engineer shall submit plumbing drawings and a schedule of fixtures for each building to Del-Co Water. Del-Co Water will determine the equivalent meter size and corresponding capacity fee from Table 1 for each building.
Meter Charge Meter Size Capacity – GPM Fee
6” 2,500 $9,000.00
8” 4,500 $11,000.00
10” 7,000 $16,000.00
Fire Service Capacity Surcharge Meter Size Fee
6” $18,000.00
8” $32,000.00
10” $50,000.00

Del-Co reserves the right to require a development to be served with a master meter where there may be accessibility or maintenance problems in servicing the water facilities. When a master meter is used, the developer may also be required to construct a public water line around the development for service to adjacent properties.   OTHER REQUIREMENTS The developer is responsible for the master meter vault per Del-Co Water standards. The developer is also responsible for constructing and maintaining the master backflow prevention assembly vault where applicable. Developers shall be responsible for the construction of all public water facilities in the development including crossing roads to connect onto existing waterlines. Buildings on separate parcels shall be served by dedicated meters. Service areas beyond the meter shall not cross property lines.

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