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TRA Raises Utility Rates for Residents

Post Date:12/28/2018 9:18 AM

Water FaucetColleyville residents may notice their utility bill is higher than it has previously been.That is because in December, the Trinity River Authority increased its volumetric rates for water and wastewater.

The City of Colleyville purchases treated water from the Tarrant County Water Supply Project. This water treatment plant is operated by the Trinity River Authority (TRA) which also supplies water to Bedford, Euless, Grapevine, and North Richland Hills.

TRA’s fiscal year begins December 1 which is why the volumetric rate change timing is different from the base rates set by the City. The City waits to change volumetric rates until we start receiving the higher bills from TRA with the start of their new fiscal year. These rates are passed directly to the customer and only covers the cost the City pays to the Trinity River Authority (TRA) for TRA’s operations and debt, our purchase of treated water, and payment for wastewater treatment.

During a council work session in October, TRA informed City Staff and Council that the Trinity River Authority board of directors approved increasing its water volumetric rates for member cities from $3.86 per 1,000 gallons to $4.14 per 1,000 gallons, an increase of $0.28 per 1,000 gallons for this fiscal year. TRA will also increase its
volumetric wastewater rates from $2.81 per 1,000 gallons to $3.11 per 1,000 gallons, an increase of $.30.

The impact of the rate changes on your residential water bill will vary depending on how much water you use each month. The number of gallons your household uses each month is listed on your monthly water statement.

For more information, call the Utility Billing department at 817.503.1020.

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