Why is a water rate increase necessary?

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. When will the rate increases take effect?
4. I’m on a fixed income, do you have a program to get a discount?
5. How can I conserve water to lower my bill?
6. How do Sugar Land’s water rates compare to nearby cities?
7. What’s the Integrated Water Resources Plan (IWRP) and why will it increase my rates?
8. Why is the Integrated Water Resources Plan (IWRP) necessary?
9. Why wasn’t this included into the recent G.O. Bond election?
10. Will the utility rate study you mention result in yet another rate increase?