Public Utilities Department

The Chesapeake Public Utilities Department provides drinking water and wastewater collection services. As an enterprise fund, the department generates its own revenue from user fees, not taxes. Our vision is to provide our customers with a reliable and sufficient supply of safe drinking water and a reliable wastewater collection system through responsive, efficient, and cost-effective operation. Read our full vision, values, and philosophy statement.

View the January 17, 2023 City Council Work Session presentation on Water Meters and Water Bills.


Chesapeake Water

Chesapeake has two water treatment plants: the Northwest River Water Treatment Plant (PDF) and the Lake Gaston Water Treatment Plant (PDF). In 2017, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) declared the City of Chesapeake the Peoples' Choice in its Tap Water Taste Test. Learn more about Chesapeake's drinking water.

Rates & Fees

Currently, the set-up fee is $10. The minimum water bill is $48.94 and $5.52 for every 748 gallons (or one consumption) over the minimum. The minimum sewer bill is $23.66 and $5.24 for every 748 gallons over the minimum. The minimum covers 4,488 gallons (or six consumptions). For more details, visit Rates and Fees.

Engineering Services

Engineering Services offers assistance regarding the City's water and sanitary sewer system; reviews plans for all new development projects and assigns connection fees for all new construction. For more information, visit Engineering Services.