City residential water and wastewater customers will see the first of two planned, incremental increases in rates in their February bills. The overall impact to customers will be 2.5 percent this year and 3 percent in 2016.
The City Council approved the rates in 2013 in anticipation of needed cost recovery associated with maintenance of our growing treatment and distribution system as well as capital expenses. Rates were unchanged in 2014.
Round Rock utility customers pay for water through a volume rate and a monthly service charge.
Residential customers had been paying a volume rate of $2.35 per 1,000 gallons. Effective Jan. 1, the volume charge is $2.42 per 1,000 gallons. On Jan. 1, 2016, the rate will be $2.49 per 1,000 gallons.
The monthly service charge for residences had been $13.84 per month. Effective Jan. 1, the charge is $14.26. On Jan. 1, 2016, the charge will be $14.69.
Sewer rates are increasing as well. Volume rate had been $3.23 per 1,000 gallons. It is now $3.29 and in 2016 it will be $3.39. Service charge had been $12.63. It is now $12.88 and in 2016 it will be $13.27.
Round Rock’s utility rates remain among the lowest in Central Texas, even with the planned increases.