November, 2019 www.desototexas.gov
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A Publication of the City of DeSoto Communications Department New Water and Sewer Rates take Effect October 1st
On September 17, 2019, the City Council approved increases in the water and sewer rates for Fiscal Year 2020. The water base rate will increase 4%, the water volume rate increases 4%, the sewer base rate increases 6%, and the sewer volume rate increases 7%. These rate increases are 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. It also covers costs incurred by the Public UƟliƟes Department for the operaƟon and maintenance of the water and wastewater systems, and capital infrastructure improvements. Below are the approved water and sewer rates for Fiscal Year 2020: In addiƟon to the base rate, all water FY2019 FY2020
usage above the first 1,000 gallons is billed according to the City’s three‐ Ɵered volume rate structure. This volume rate structure provides
Water Base Rate 3/4‐inche meter
Water Volume Rate 1,000‐15,000 gallons
customers the ability to use more water should they choose to, with the understanding that they will pay more for higher usage. The City’s volume rates for water usage above the first 1,000 gallons are $3.39
Sewer Base Rate Sewer Volume Rate
for 1,000‐15,000 gallons of usage, $4.20 for 15,001 through 30,000 gallons and $5.02 for usage above 30,000 gallons.
Customers will see the new water and sewer rates reflected in their December uƟlity bills. 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. If you have any quesƟons regarding your water or sewer service, please call 972.230.9627. How Do DeSoto’s Water and Sewer Rates Compare to Other CiƟes 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. Based on the new rates, the average monthly charge for water and sewer will be $82.68, not including garbage and drainage charges. The chart below shows how the City of DeSoto’s average bill compares to that of other 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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