The City of Fort Worth is increasing its wholesale water costs again this year and as a customer city, Southlake is obligated to raise its rates as well.
As in past years, the reason for the increase is to allow the Fort Worth Water Utility to recover the cost of providing wholesale water to its member cities, including Southlake. There are several factors that drive the cost of water, including increased demand on resources, operating costs, cost of capital facilities and infrastructure, and debt service payments.
The impact on Southlake customers beginning with November 2015 consumption, will be 2.12% overall increase in tiered rates plus $1.85 for the first 2,000 gallons consumed to cover a small increase in the City’s water utility administrative costs. This means an average residential consumer with a 1” water meter will experience approximately a $4.91 monthly increase for 26,640 gallons of water. The same size meter for an average commercial consumer will reflect about $6.00 added to the monthly bill for 33,640 gallons of water.
Customers will see the rate increase starting with their December bills. For more information about the City of Fort Worth water department, please visit their website.
Customers with questions about their water bill can contact the City 24/7 through our website contact form or during business hours: (817) 748-8051.
On October 1, 2014, the City’s new waste collection contract with Republic Waste Services will take effect. As part of the new contract, the rate—reflected on water bills, will increase by $0.17 per month, from $14.23 to $14.40. This breaks down to $9.50 per month for solid waste, $3.80 per month for recycling and $1.10 tax. Commercial rates also will be adjusted as well to reflect a 1.18% increase.
This new rate includes trash collection two times per week, automated recycling collection once each week, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, a household hazardous waste collection event, bulk collection, and bundled brush collection.
As Southlake’s solid waste and recycling provider since 2007, Republic maintains a 90% satisfaction rate.
If you have questions about the fee increase or the City’s contract, please call the City at 817-748-8400. If you have questions about your pickup days or are in need of some of Republic’s special services, please call 817-317-2424.
For more information about the City’s Garbage and Recycling services, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/
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.