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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

If you own a home or business premises in the municipality of Westerkwartier on January 1 of the tax year that is directly or indirectly connected to the municipal sewerage system, you contribute to the construction and maintenance of the sewerage system in the municipality.

The rate for owners of homes and/or business premises in the municipality of Westerkwartier is;

  • for the tax year 2023 € 223,-

If a commercial property does not drain wastewater into the municipal sewerage system, a lower rate applies;

  • for the tax year 2023 € 41,-

Do you have a property with a WOZ value that is less than € 15,000? Then you do not have to pay sewerage charges.


You receive an annual sewer assessment from your municipality. This assessment states the amount that you must pay. You pay this amount in 3 installments or by direct debit.

  • pay in parts: you request a direct debit and the municipality debits the amount in parts (every month) from your bank account Direct debit, authorization
  • Apply for a payment arrangement from the municipality.

Pay in time

Pay on time to avoid having to pay extra.

Do you disagree with the sewage charge? You can object via on the website.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Westerkwartier

Last updated on 26 September 2022