In early December 2013 the City of Southlake announced a water pass-through rate increase from the City of Fort Worth. This is important to Southlake residents and businesses as Southlake purchases our water from the City of Fort Worth.
Because the two cities systems are connected, when Fort Worth experiences an increase in rates, Southlake will as well. Southlake customers will start to see this pass-through increase on their utility bills beginning this month. The increase took effect in January. The increase is approximately 12% for the first 40,000 gallons consumed and 16% for consumption in excess of 40,000 gallons.
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 (TRWD)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.
There is more detailed information and links to the Fort Worth and TRWD sites located on the City’s website at CityofSouthlake.com/UtilityBilling.