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Reminder: Water and wastewater rates changing in January

Posted Dec. 20, 2019

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The City Council approved new water and wastewater rates in September.

Average Fort Worth residential customers will see their combined water and wastewater bill increase by $2.47 per month in 2020 based on the rates adopted by the City Council in September. With the changes, the average customer will pay about $2.25 a day for water and wastewater service starting in January.

The changes to wastewater rates affect both the fixed monthly charge, which is based on meter size, and the volume rates. For water rates, there is no change to the monthly service charge, but volume rates change. There is actually a small decrease in volume rates for some classes or tiers within classes.

The super user class is eliminated in 2020, completing a multiyear phase-in of these few customers back into the industrial class. The class was established in 2006; however, upon review of water usage trends since 2006, the class behaves very similarly to the industrial class.

The irrigation class rate is decreasing and the number of tiers in the class is reducing from three tiers to two tiers. The first tier rate is for usage up to 100 cubic feet, and the second tier rate is for all usage above that amount.

The water and wastewater utility’s balanced FY2020 water and wastewater budget is $16,230,506, or 3.5% more than the FY2019 budget. The categories with the largest increases are cash financing of capital projects, debt service, personnel costs, paving costs and contractual costs.

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