Dripping Springs increases wastewater rates

By Megan Wehring 

DRIPPING SPRINGS – Wastewater bills will be higher in Dripping Springs soon. 

City wastewater customers will see a rate increase of 10% on their base fee and usage fee on their wastewater bill being sent from the Dripping Springs Water Supply Corp (DSWSC). 

These rates are based on water consumption through December, January and February. Typically, updates on rates were reflected on April 1, but the city postponed the increase this year.

According to city officials, the rates “remain competitive in comparison to neighboring communities such as Bee Cave, Blanco, Kyle and Buda.” 

Wastewater rates comparison chart with neighboring communities (courtesy of the city of Dripping Springs)

 

The city hired Bruce Fairchild to conduct a wastewater and water rate analysis/study, which can be found in the Dripping Springs City Council’s April 19 agenda. Fairchild also did the last analysis completed in 2018, resulting in a rate increase. 

Customers who believe that their new wastewater rate is incorrect due to error in usage reporting, leaks, or other causes, can apply for a wastewater billing rate adjustment. To receive a wastewater billing rate adjustment, customers must do the following: 

  • Customers must fill out a Wastewater Adjustment Form on the Forms & Reports page of the Dripping Springs Water Supply website.
  • Customers must also submit proof via email: usage reports from DSWSC or plumbing invoice/receipts due to breaks/leaks, property owner’s receipts of materials, supplies, etc.
  • If approved, rates will be adjusted and the customer will receive notice from the city. 

The rate adjustment will be reflected on next month’s bill. For more information about the wastewater billing rate adjustment, customers are directed to call 512-858-4725.

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