Why is a water rate increase necessary?

Prior to January 2020 and January 2021, the City has not increased water or wastewater rates since 2011, and surface water rates have not increased since 2014. These rates are the main source of funding for the utility system. If the operating and capital needs of the system exceed the capacity generated by revenues (payments), then rates have to be increased to maintain a financially sound, self-supporting utility system.

The rate increases are necessary to support the City in meeting the 60% groundwater reduction mandate as recommended by the Integrated Water Resources Plan.


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1. Why is a water rate increase necessary?
2. How are water rates increased?
3. How can I conserve water to lower my bill?
4. How do Sugar Land’s water rates compare to nearby cities?
5. I’m on a fixed income, do you have a program to get a discount?
6. Why is the Integrated Water Resources Plan (IWRP) necessary?
7. Will the utility rate study you mention result in yet another rate increase?
8. When will the rate increases take effect?
9. What about future rate increases?
10. What’s the Integrated Water Resources Plan (IWRP)?