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Posted on: August 13, 2015

New water and wastewater rates for League City

LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS – The City Council voted to approve an ordinance to increase water and wastewater rates for the first time since October 2008 after a second and final reading on Aug. 11, 2015.

The new rates are effective as of Nov. 1, 2015.

“One of the priorities identified in our ‘Roadmap to the Future’ was the need to diversify our water supply sources,” said City Manager Mark Rohr. “This rate increase will allow the City to strategically invest nearly $300 million in the water and sewer infrastructure throughout a ten-year planning cycle to include the replacement of the 42 inch waterline located along State Highway 3 that serves as the City’s primary water source from the City of Houston’s southeast water treatment plant.”

Upon adoption of the rate adjustment, the City will implement a conservation (inverted block) rate structure for residential water use in the form of a four-tier system accompanied by a two-tier system for wastewater usage.

The base charges for residents and commercial business under the ordinance stay the same at $7.13 for water and $13.88 for wastewater. Rates would then be based on the volume of water or wastewater service as follows:

RESIDENTS

Consumption
1,000 - 3,000
$1.50 (Water price per 1,000 gallons), $1.80 (Wastewater price per 1,000 gallons)

4,000 - 10,000
$5.50 (Water price per 1,000 gallons), $4.62 (Wastewater price per 1,000 gallons)

11,000 – 25,000
$7.00 (Water price per 1,000 gallons), ---

26,000 +
$8.50 (Water price per 1,000 gallons), ---


COMMERCIAL and Multi-Family

Consumption
1,000 – 3,000
$3.00 (Water price per 1,000 gallons), $3.00 (Wastewater price per 1,000 gallons)

4,000 +
$5.90 (Water price per 1,000 gallons), $4.62 (Wastewater price per 1,000 gallons)

Additionally, irrigation only rates would have the same base charge of $7.13 and with volumetric a rate of $7 per every 1,000 gallons.

The bill, under the adopted rate adjustments, for an average residential customer using 7,000 gallons per month would go from $63.09 to $71.39 or a total of $8.30.

The new rate structure allows City officials to focus on maintaining the reliability of League City’s water and wastewater infrastructure while continuing to meet the community’s current and future growth demands.

“Our estimates indicate we surpassed the 98,000 population last month,” said Rohr. “We anticipate our population to continue to climb as we build upon the undeveloped land within the City. The utility rate changes put forth to the City Council establish a solid financial foundation that benefits our citizens as we progress down our ‘Roadmap to the Future.’”

The water and sewer rate study prepared by NewGen Strategies and Solutions, a national expert in water and sewer system financial planning, was presented to Council on Jan. 13, 2015. The study provided details on the City’s current and projected utility revenue and expenses under our current rates and recommendations to assist the City in maintaining financial stability of the utility fund. The study also highlighted the benefits of moving to the conservation rate strategy as it correlates to using our limited water resources efficiently while meeting the needs of our community.

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