The city council votes to lower wastewater prices at first reading

Round Rock City Council voted unanimously on Jan. 13 to move forward with a plan to reduce wastewater rates and maintain current water rates for residential customers over the next three years.

Wastewater volume rates, which are billed for use above the base rate, will decrease by 8.8%. For residential customers using 10,000 gallons of water and 8,000 gallons of wastewater per month, the change will create savings of $ 2.40 per month.

The City conducts periodic reviews of the rates charged to customers to ensure that it is recovering the costs necessary to fund capital improvement programs, which increases system demands and operating pressures. The City aims to limit the use of long-term debt and uses impact fees to ensure that growth helps pay for growth.

The plan also includes adjustments to water and wastewater tariffs for wholesale customers, which are primarily local municipal service districts. These customers will see their water tariffs adjusted based on service cost requests, ranging from a reduction of 3.8% to an increase of 7.6%, and tariffs for wastewater volumes will be reduced by 8%. , 8%.

The City has taken the following measures to achieve cost reductions since the last study:

  • Refinance of existing debt at a lower interest rate using the city’s AAA rating
  • Executed a lower fixed rate power contract
  • Implementation of operational changes to save electrical energy and costs of using chemicals
  • Multi-trained utility workers to minimize the need for additional staff
  • Cost savings achieved by taking over operations of the Brushy Creek regional wastewater treatment plant, as well as a decrease of $ 10 million in the project’s share of costs for previously planned expansion and improvements at the factory

At the same time, the City plans to make significant investments in its utilities over the coming year, including $ 73.1 million in phase 2 of the deep water intake and transmission tunnel for the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority Regional water supply network and $ 4.5 million in the city’s upcoming water treatment plant expansion project, which will add an additional 10 million gallons per day of capacity to the plant. The City also continued to replace aging water pipes throughout its network.

“We always make sure that we have infrastructure in place to stay ahead of the game,” said Thane, director of utilities and environmental services.

Amending the tariff ordinance will require a second reading and vote, scheduled for the January 27 city council meeting. If approved during final reading, the tariff changes will take effect on February 1, 2022.

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