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Government Fort Worth considers water, wastewater rate hike

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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Some Fort Worth water customers could see the water portion of their monthly bill rise $1.50 per month next year, while the proposed increase for an average wastewater customer would be 92-cents per month.

 

If approved by the City Council, the new rates would take effect Jan. 1.

 

Primarily driving the proposed water rate increase is a 14.9 percent increase in raw water costs, according to the city’s water department. On the wastewater side, the proposed increase would mark the second in a two-year phase-in to bring volumes in line with actual flows, according to a city news release.

 

Officials emphasized that most residential water customers would not be affected by the volume increase, with the increase to water volume rates applying only to the top two tiers in the four-tier residential rate structure.

 

Residents may review a report on the proposed rate changes at www.fortworthtexas.gov/water. Copies of the report also will be available at all city libraries beginning Tuesday Sept. 2. Written comments regarding the report must by submitted by Tuesday Sept. 10.

 

lgraham@bizpress.net

 

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