In September 2013, the Fort Worth City Council voted to approve the retail water rates which take effect January 1, 2014. This is important to Southlake residents and businesses as Southlake purchases water from the City of Fort Worth.
There are a number of factors that influence the development of a water rate structure, including the cost to purchase raw water. The City of Fort Worth purchases raw water from the Tarrant Regional Water District which provides water throughout Tarrant County. Because population growth and water demand have made it necessary to build additional infrastructure to carry the water to local areas, TRWD increased Fort Worth’s cost of raw water by $9.3 million.
Because our systems are connected, when Fort Worth customers experiences a rate increase, Southlake customers will as well. Southlake customers will see this pass-through increase on the bill they receive in February, 2014, with approximately a 12% increase for the first 40,000 gallons consumed and a 16% increase for consumption in excess of 40,000 gallons.