Changes to Arlington Water Utilities Rates Go Into Effect January 1, 2020
By Office of Communication
Posted on December 31, 2019, December 31, 2019
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Changes to Arlington Water Utilities rates for wastewater and water will go into effect Wednesday, Jan. 1.

In 2020, the average residential customer’s monthly utility bill will increase by $1.52 per month, or about 5 cents a day. 

Arlington Water Utilities residential rates for water usage are some of the lowest in North Texas. Those charges, also known as volumetric rates, will not increase this year. Updates for Fiscal Year 2020 are primarily affecting wastewater fees paid by residents and businesses. Wastewater or sanitary sewer fees represent the City’s cost for conveying wastewater from homes and businesses to the Trinity River Authority (TRA) for treatment. 

During the winter, residents can lock in savings for the coming year by using water efficiently. That’s because water usage during the winter months (November-February) is averaged to establish a maximum sewer charge that the customer will have in any month for the next fiscal year. This program, sometimes referred to as “average winter consumption,” has been in place for more than a decade.

Nearly three quarters of water meters in Arlington have been transitioned to remote read meter technology over the past five years. Customers with remotely read meters can now monitor their daily water use and set high bill or high usage alerts by signing up for the Know Your H2O program. 

In 2020, Arlington Water Utilities will begin $79.5 million in improvements to the Pierce-Burch Water Treatment Plant. Financing the project with low interest loans from the Texas Water Development Board will save the City about $24 million over the life of the loan.

Click here to learn more about the 2020 rate change. 

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