Pflugerville wastewater rates increase on October 1
New wastewater projects planned
Since July the City Council has discussed the results of a water and wastewater rate study conducted by NewGen Strategies and Solutions projecting the infrastructure needs of the city’s water and wastewater system. Starting October 1, the average wastewater customer will see an increase of $4.50 on monthly wastewater bills, a 17.6% increase, and the city’s first rate increase since 2005. Since there is no increase to water rates, the overall increase to the utility bill is 6.6%.
“The rate increase is an investment in the sustainability and effectiveness of the water and wastewater system,” Assistant City Manager Lauri Gillam said. “The rate increase provides the city’s needed capacity to bond for wastewater projects. The city has identified $21 million in water capital projects and $69 million in proposed wastewater projects needed for sustainability of the city’s water and wastewater system.”
Capital water projects identified include a new pump station at the water treatment plant, a river intake relocation, elevated storage tanks, transmission main installations, water extension and interconnects, and well repairs. Wastewater projects include expanding wastewater capacity to 10 million gallons per day, lift station decommissions and interceptors citywide. The new rates go into effect October 1, 2017.