All residential accounts require an initial refundable deposit of $100, or a reduced deposit with a letter of credit from previous water, electric, or gas company (must have been within the last 12 months).
Water and Sewer Rates will increase first billing of January 2010. The new water rates are based on a conservation or inclined block rate structure. Unit cost of water will increase within blocks of usage as consumption increases. This encourages conservation by having lower rates for customers in lower usage blocks. Structure is currently used in Austin, Georgetown and San Marcos. The sewer rate will increase 7.5% across the board for wholesale customers.
Monthly Rates and Charges for Water Sales & Services:
- No increase in water or sewer bill for customers who use monthly minimum of 2,000 gallons or less.
- Commercial water and sewer rates to increase by 7.5%.
The monthly rates and charges for water sales and services rendered by the city to customers either outside or within the corporate limits of the city (excluding wholesale customers) are established, fixed and prescribed as follows:
(A) Minimum Charge for First 2,000 Gallons - $17.77
(B) Volume Charge on Water Use over 2,000 Gallons.
2,001 - 10,000 $3.63 per 1,000 gallons
10,001 - 15,000 $4.36 per 1,000 gallons
> 15,000 $5.23 per 1,000 gallons
(A) Minimum Charges Per Meter Size for First 2,000Gallons
3/4" meter $20.73
1" meter $33.79
1 1/2" meter $76.68
2" meter $132.63
3" meter $300.47
4" meter $524.25
6" meter $1,195.58
8" meter $2,128.02
10" meter $3,321.52
(B) Volume Charge on Water Use
Over 2,000 gallons $3.24 per 1,000 gallons
(3) Residential Wastewater Rates
Monthly Base charge $21.70 (includes the first 2,000 gallons)
Usage charge $3.99 per 1,000 gallons beyond the initial 2,000 gallons
Note: Sewer rates are re-calculated each March and are based on the average water readings in December, January and February at each meter location. These months are used for calculation because there is less outdoor water usage during this time of year. The Utility Department can obtain an accurate water use at this time and can therefore determine a correct average for sewer usage. New residents that do not have a complete usage history for the months of December, January and February will have their wastewater based on the current citywide winter average or actual water usage, whichever is less, until a winter average for their address has been calculated.
Information about Temporary Water Rate Adjustment:
Once Lake Travis’ water levels decline to 618 feet, the LCRA will require the City to reduce its water consumption by 20%, which will impact the City’s Utility Fund. Many of the infrastructure costs in the Utility Fund, for example, costs associated with operating the City’s operating the water intake plant, are fixed and not elastic to reduced consumption. Because of this, the City is preparing for a $2 million revenue impact to the Utility Fund. To help offset this impact, residential and commercial water customers will see a temporary water rate adjustment of 9% on their next billing statements, beginning this month. For the average homeowner, this will mean an adjustment of about $3.81 per month. Once the City leaves Stage 3, the temporary water rate adjustment will be discontinued.