How are water rates increased?

Each year, a long-range financial forecast for the utility system is prepared using an updated model from the last rate study. This update provides guidance on revenues necessary to support the operating and capital needs of the system moving forward. The model builds in the capital projects identified through the Integrated Water Resources Plan and Capital Improvement Program.

The utility system is operated like a business and supported through charges to users of the system. Revenues are generated by the rates set by City Council.  

When rate increases are necessary, they are recommended through the annual budget, discussed with City Council during budget workshops, and then adopted by City Ordinance.


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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?