Water, Sewer and Garbage Rates

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The City of Round Rock provides residential water, wastewater (sewer), drainage (stormwater) utility, and garbage and recycling collection services, at rates that continue to be among the lowest in the region. Residents can also enjoy many other utility and environmental services and programs provided, such as rebates for water efficient appliances, safe and easy disposal of household hazardous waste, shred events, rain barrel sales, tips for protecting your home plumbing and so much more…

Understanding your Utility Bill

Residential utility bills include water, wastewater (sewer), drainage (stormwater), garbage and recycling collection services. The monthly charges are outlined below.

Monthly Residential Charges *

Drainage Fee$4.75
Garbage and Recycling$17.61 + tax
Wastewater (Sewer)Base Fee $13.27 plus $3.39 per 1000 gallons
WaterBase Fee $14.69 plus $2.49 per 1000 gallons (November – April)
Base Fee $14.69 plus tiered rate per 1000 gallons (May – October)
Tiered water rates (May – October)
0 – 18,000 gallons$2.49 per 1000 gallons
18,001 – 24,000 gallons$3.11 per 1000 gallons
24,001 – 30,000 gallons$3.74 per 1000 gallons
30,001 + gallons$4.98 per 1000 gallons

* Based on the standard residential 5/8 inch meter.

Water Services and Rates

There are many water related services and programs available to city residents, such as rebate programs, rain barrel sales, free irrigation audits and much more, go to Utilities and Environmental Services to learn more.

Customers pay a monthly base fee plus the volume rate per 1000 gallons of water used. The base fee is determined by the meter size and the volume rate is based on the billing period.

Non-peak billing period (November – April) – $2.49 per 1000 gallons

Peak billing period (May – October) – Tiered water rates are in effect

During peak months, customers using 30,000 gallons per month would pay $11.22 more than they would during the non-peak months, and customers using 40,000 gallons per month would pay $36.12 more.

Use our Water Rate Calculator to compare your water costs during the peak and non-peak billing periods.

Tiered Water Rates

The tiered water rates are designed to encourage water conservation by charging a higher volume rate to customers using more than 18,000 gallons a month during the peak summer months. The average residential customer uses around 13,000 gallons a month.

Tier 1 – $2.49 per 1000 gallons
Tier 2 – $3.11 per 1000 gallons
Tier 3 – $3.74 per 1000 gallons

Tier 4 – $4.98 per 1000 gallons

The table below indicates the monthly base fee for each meter size as well as the volume (gallons) for each tier. The volume rate per 1000 gallons increases with each tier as outlined above. The standard residential meter is 5/8 inch.

Tiered Water Rate Structure
Meter SizeMonthly Base FeeVolume by Gallons
Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4
5/8″$14.690 – 18,00018,000 – 24,00024,001 – 30,00030,001 +
3/4″$20.460 – 27,00027,001 – 36,00036,001 – 45,00045,001 +
1″$32.300 – 45,00045,001 – 60,00060,001 – 75,00075,001 +
1½”$61.890 – 90,00090,001 – 120,000120,001 – 150,000150,001 +
2″$97.400 – 144,000144,001 – 192,000192,001 – 240,000240,001 +
3″$180.270 – 288,000288,001 – 384,000384,001 – 480,000480,001 +
4″$298.660 – 450,000450,001 – 600,000600,001 – 750,000750,001 +
6″$931.100 – 900,000900,001 – 1,200,0001,200,001 – 1,500,0001,500,001 +
8″$1,627.450 – 1,440,0001,440,001 – 1,921,0001,920,001 – 2,400,0002,400,001 +
10″$2,555.910 – 2,070,0002,070,001 – 2,760,0002,760,001 – 3,450,0003,450,000 +
12″$3,136.210 – 2,070,0002,070,001 – 2,760,0002,760,001 – 3,450,0003,450,000 +

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Wastewater (Sewer) Services and Rates

Think that can go down the drain? Think again. Learn important facts and tips to prevent sewage from overflowing on your property. Learn how grease effects your home plumbing system, why “flushable” wipes should not be flushed and so much more by going to Wastewater At Home.

Customers pay a monthly base fee (based on meter size) plus the volume rate of $3.39 per 1000 gallons of usage. Residential wastewater usage is determined following the Wastewater Averaging method.

Wastewater Monthly Base Fee
Meter Size
Monthly Base Fee
5/8″ (most residents)$13.27

Note: Residents of the Warner Ranch/Somerville neighborhood do not receive wastewater services from the City. The monthly base fee for this neighborhood is $35.20 and the volume rate is $5.64 per 1,000 gallons.

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Each year, the City takes your average water use for the months of November, December and January to calculate your wastewater usage for the year. Typically, water use is the lowest this time of year due to little or no outdoor water use.

Depending on your route, consumption used to calculate your wastewater average may come from usage in November, December, January, and February. Watch your bills to determine the approximate date on which your meter is read each month. Your wastewater average calculation will start on the day your meter is read in November and will end on the day your meter is read in February.

Learn ways you can save money on your utility by visiting water conservation.

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Garbage and Recycling 

Residential garbage and recycling service is provided by Round Rock Refuse. Garbage is collected once per week and recycling every other week on the same day. Visit Garbage and Recycling to see what your pick-up day is, what can be recycled curbside, how to dispose of household chemicals and more. For questions or concerns regarding your collection service, please call (512) 255-4980.

  • Solid Waste Monthly Service Charge: $17.61
  • Sales Tax: $1.45
  • Total: $19.06

Drainage Utility Fee

The drainage utility fee considers the total area on a property covered by materials such as asphalt or concrete that affect the amount of water run off. How is my bill calculated?

  • Residential rate = $4.75 per dwelling unit
  • Non-residential rate = $1.64 per 1,000 square feet

Residential Fees and Deposit

Additional Trip Fee$25
  Normal business hours
  After hours or same-day service
$25 connection fee plus $75 after hours/same day fee
Late Fees10 percent of past due balance or $2.50; whichever is more
  Normal business hours
  After hours or same-day service
$50 reconnect fee plus the past due balance paid in full
$50 reconnect fee plus a $75 after hours/same day fee and the past due balance paid in full

Connection Fee and Deposit

The connection fee and deposit will be reflected on your first month’s bill. A service connection fee of $25 is required for each new connection or transfer of existing service. If a customer requests service after normal business hours or same-day service, they are responsible for the $25 connection fee plus the $75 after hours/same day fee.

Deposits are based on meter size. Standard residential meter size is 5/8 inch.
  • 5/8 inch to 1 inch meter – $100
  • 1 1/2 inch meter – $150
  • 2 inch and larger – $100 per inch or fraction thereof
The deposit will be refunded to the customer when:
  • Service is cancelled; provided, however, that any unpaid charges will first be deducted from the deposit; or
  • The customer has 12 consecutive months of satisfactory payment history.

If the city has refunded the customer’s deposit for “satisfactory payment history”, and thereafter the customer’s service has been discontinued for nonpayment or meter tampering, then the customer will be required to pay the deposit again.

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Late Fees

Utility customers have 16 days from the date the bill is mailed to pay the balance due on their account without penalty. The payment due date is noted on each bill you receive. Any due date falling on a weekend or holiday will be extended to the following business day. Payments made after the payment due date are subject to a late fee. Late fees are assessed on the day after the due date and are 10 percent of the past due balance or $2.50, whichever is greater. For payment options go to Make a Payment.

Residential customers over 60 years of age can apply in writing to waive late fees up to 25 days beyond original due date.

Service Interruptions

Service may be disconnected if payment has not been received within 14 days of the bill due date. To restore service, the customer must pay the past due balance plus the service fee of $50 if during normal business hours. If a customer requests service after normal business hours or same-day service, the service fee is $75. To have your service restored, contact the Utility Billing office.

Additional Trip Fees

The City charges $25 for additional trips to re-read meters unless the trip is caused by the City’s error. If plants, large rocks, building structures or any other obstacle hinders or prevents the meter from being read, the obstacle will need to be removed and an additional trip fee will be charged for having to re-read the meter.

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Contact Information

Utility Billing (located on the first floor of City Hall)
221 E. Main Street
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Phone: 512-218-5460 | Fax: 512-218-5463
Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Closed on city holidays.