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Town Council approved utility rate increases at the Monday, August 29 council meeting.
The decision to apply a rate increase is primarily due to increasing costs passed down from the Town’s water and wastewater treatment providers, The City of Fort Worth and Trinity River Authority (TRA), as well as the Town’s increasing water consumption.
The increase will take effect Saturday, October 1. Residents can expect to see the rate changes on bills issued starting in November 2022. While actual impacts to individual customers will vary based on the type of customer and their usage levels, the average increase will be approximately 5 percent.
Based on the new rates, residential customers with 8,000 gallons of water usage will pay $255.72 in FY2023 compared to $243.53 in FY2022- about $12 more per month. Residential customers with 18,000 gallons of water usage will pay $382.48 in FY2023 compared to $364.23 in 2022- about $18 more per month, or a 5% increase.
Commercial customers will also see proportional increases in their base charges dependent on meter size, as well as increases in the cost per thousand gallons of water and wastewater.
The Town and council are committed to continuing to provide a high level of service while planning and preparing to meet future needs and expectations in order to maintain a financially sound, self-supporting utility system.
To watch the Town Council’s discussion of the utility rate increase from the August 29 meeting, visit westlake-tx.org/787/Watch-Meetings-Live . For more information on Westlake’s utility services and billing procedures, visit westlake-tx.org/634/Utility-Billing or call 817.490.5732.