Construction of a 46-mile, $300 million water pipeline from near Lake Texoma to a treatment plant in Wylie is requiring Richardson to increase water and sewer rates 13 percent, beginning Oct. 1.
The new pipeline is in response to the infestation with zebra mussels, which has made approximately 28 percent of the NTMWD water supply unavailable for use. The pipeline will bring water directly from Lake Texoma to the water treatment plant to prevent the spread of zebra mussels into other bodies of water. Construction on the pipeline is expected to begin over the next several months.
With the newly enacted rate increase, the average monthly bill for a typical Richardson household will increase $7.12.
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) is increasing the rate it charges Richardson and other member and customer cities by 14.1 percent in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year. NTMWD also expects to increase its rates in each of the next several years as well to pay for the Texoma pipeline and other capital projects needed to provide water to approximately 1.6 million North Texans. Despite the increases, rates charged by NTMWD remain among the lowest in the Metroplex.
“The District has new capital requirements, and that has caused every member and customer city to contribute to that investment,” City Manager Dan Johnson said. “The City Council went through a very thorough review of the utility rates and determined that this increase was absolutely necessary.”