Water, sewer rates going up 5 percent
The city of Deer Park has approved a 5 percent rate increase on water and sewer fees, effective Oct. 1, in a move a city official says is needed to fund costs including treatment and maintenance costs and future expansion needs.
Jeffrey Johnson, the city’s utility billing manager, said the increase, unanimously approved by City Council on Sept. 25, is necessary as water and sewer usage increases in the city.
“The funds collected pay for needed replacement of water and sewer lines, adding new water and sewer lines, treatment of water and wastewater, maintaining the water and sewer treatment facilities, as well as managing debt and future expansion needs of the system,” he said in a written statement.
The new base costs for water/sewer totals $24.92, an increase of $1.18.
For water, the base charge for up to 2,000 gallons is now $12.46 per billing period, up by 59 cents.
A charge of $4.82 — 23 cents more than before — will be added for each extra 1,000 gallons in a billing period.
The monthly sewer base rate, previously $11.87 for the first 2,000 gallons, is rising to $12.46.
Residents will pay $5.19 for each additional 1,000 gallons of sewage. The charge for additional usage per 1,000 gallons was previously $4.94.
The new rates will appear on residents’ Dec. 1 bill, according to Johnson.