Each Joint Water Commission (JWC) household receives a utility bill from its City's finance department. The water bill reflects three different costs:
- The first is the cost to purchase treated water from the City of Minneapolis.
- The second is the cost to store the water in the JWC storage reservoirs and deliver it to each member City as it needs it.
- The third is the cost each member City incurs to deliver the water to each customer's tap.