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Paying the sewage charge

You pay a sewage charge (rioolheffing) for your wastewater and for rainwater that ends up in the sewer. The sewage charge is part of the municipal taxes and is collected by the municipality, which uses that money to pay for maintenance and replacement of the sewers. Some municipalities also call the sewage charge sewage tax (rioolbelasting).

Each municipality has its own way of calculating the sewage charge. For example, some municipalities calculate the sewage charge based on the value of the property. Others base it on drinking-water consumption. To find out how your municipality calculates the sewage charge, contact your municipality. 

The sewage charge is included in the municipal tax bill. This is usually sent out in the first 2 weeks of February.

Apply for an exemption on paying municipal taxes

Are you unable to pay your municipal taxes? Then ask your municipality for an exemption. You can be granted an exemption from paying part of the taxes, or all of the taxes.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Paying the sewage charge

Please note: you only have to pay  rioolheffing (sewage charge) if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.

In determining the sewage charge, the municipality does not make any distinction between the owner and the user. Account is taken of how much water you consume on an annual basis.

The following rates apply:

Municipal sewer connection€ 238.50 per lot
For water use over 500 m3 you pay an additional amount of€ 0.37 per m³
IBA connection€ 185,50 per lot
For water use over 500 m3 you pay an additional amount of€ 0.37 per m³


You will receive a letter from the municipality stating the amount of the sewage charge. The letter will state how and by what date you must pay.

Paying on time

Pay on time to avoid having to pay extra charges. 


You can ask the municipality whether you are entitled to an exemption in respect of (part of) the charge. That is referred to as kwijtschelding.

Please contact us via (0593) 53 92 22.

Do you disagree with the sewage charge? You can object within 6 weeks via this form (DigiD needed) or call us on +31 (0) 593 53 92 22.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Midden-Drenthe

Last updated on 26 September 2022