In response to rising wholesale water costs, Flower Mound is implementing a rate adjustment that will allow the Town to continue providing residents with a clean, safe, and reliable water supply and waste water service, while also maintaining and building necessary utility infrastructure.
Rising Wholesale Water Costs
Flower Mound receives water from two sources, the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) and Dallas Water Utilities (DWU). Most wholesale customers pay two fees, an annual “demand charge” and a per gallon “volume” rate. While the demand charge from DWU has historically increased at a normal inflationary rate, their rates will be increasing 7.6% in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 from $243,453 to $262,058 per million gallons to recover increased costs of the water supply from the Sabine River Authority. The demand charge from UTRWD has increased from $274,000 to $411,500 per million gallons annually since 2006. The 50.2 percent hike represents a $4.1 million increase to Flower Mound and positions the UTRWD’s demand charge rate equal to a level the district was not projected to reach until 2019. The DWU volume rate will increase by 27.0 percent from $.4305 to $.4416 per 1,000 gallons for FY 2016 while UTRWD’s will increase from $1.09 to $1.11 per 1,000 gallons; UTRWD was not projected to set rates at this level until after 2022.
For Water and Wastewater Information
Water rate and wastewater charges will vary based upon individual water usage. For water conservation tips and a copy of the Town's conservation ordinance, please visit www.flower-mound.com. For additional information or to receive a detailed financial briefing regarding the new rate structure, call 972.539.SERV (7378) to schedule an appointment with Debra Wallace, Assistant Town Manager/Chief Financial Officer.