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November, 2017 www.desototexas.gov

DeSoto City Lights

A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department

New Water and Sewer Rates Take Effect October 1st

On September 19, 2017, the City Council approved a 5% increase in the water base rate and a 7% increase in the sewer base  and volume rates.  The rate increase is necessary to ensure adequate revenue to cover the increased cost of contract water  services from Dallas Water UƟliƟes and contract sewer treatment services from the Trinity River Authority, as well as the  costs associated with water and sewer system operaƟon and maintenance and capital infrastructure improvements.   Below  are the approved water and sewer rates for Fiscal Year 2018: 

FY2017  

 FY2018 

 Percent Increase 

Water Base Rate       ¾‐inch meter       1‐inch meter Water Volume Rate Sewer Base Rate Sewer Volume Rate

$8.50  $16.16 

$8.93  $16.97 

5%  5% 

$3.10  $9.32  $9.26 

$3.10  $9.97  $9.91 

No Change 

7.0%  7.0% 

Customers will see the new water and sewer rates reflected in their December uƟlity bills. If you have any quesƟons  regarding your water or sewer service, please call 972.230.9627.   The water base rates listed above are for meter sizes  typically associated with residenƟal water accounts.  Commercial and industrial water accounts may have larger water  meters.  For a full lisƟng of meter sizes and corresponding base rates, please visit the Department of Public UƟliƟes’  webpage at hƩp://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/463/WaterSewer‐Rates How Do DeSoto’s Water and Sewer Rates Compare to Other Cities in the DFW Area? The average consumpƟon for City of DeSoto residenƟal uƟlity customers is 7,500 gallons of water and 5,000 gallons of  sewer per month. Therefore, based on the new rates, the average monthly charge for water and sewer will be $78.68, not  including garbage, drainage or recycling costs. As you can see from the chart below, this is equal to or below most of our  immediate neighboring ciƟes. While DeSoto’s average bill may be slightly higher than those of ciƟes like Irving, Grapevine,  Coppell, Dallas, Grand Prairie and Fort Worth, it is important to understand that those ciƟes have much larger populaƟons  and a greater distribuƟon of residenƟal, commercial and industrial customers, over which to spread the costs associated  with  providing  water  and  sewer  service. 

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