At the Authority’s Board of Directors meeting held on November 10, 2021, the Authority adopted changes to its Rate Order, which include increased fees in order to fund the massive water supply projects that are needed to meet the Harris Galveston Subsidence District (“HGSD”) groundwater reduction regulations and to avoid the $9.58 per 1,000 gallons disincentive fee that the HGSD imposes for non-compliance. The HGSD regulations require reduction of groundwater pumpage in our area to no more than 40% of the total water demand by 2025 and no more than 20% of the total water demand by 2035.
Effective January 1, 2022, the Groundwater Reduction Plan Fee will be $3.70 per 1,000 gallons of groundwater pumped and the Surface Water Fee will be $4.10 per 1,000 gallons of water delivered by the Authority. These new fees correspondingly increase the Imported Water Fee.
To review the complete Amended Rate Order, please go to the Authority’s website at https://www.whcrwa.com/documents.