Richmond residents and those in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction may soon pay more for water, sewage and garbage pick up.
The Richmond City Commission announced plans to raise the rates of the services in the coming months.
The proposal calls for increasing the water rate by 3 percent and the sewer rate by 10 percent to help offset the costs of offering those services.
Under the rate hikes, residential customers would pay $2.70 per 1,000 gallons if they use less than 2,000 gallons per month, $2.96 per 1,000 gallons if they use between 1,000 and 5,000 gallons and $3.21 per 1,000 gallons if they use between1,000 gallons and 10,000 gallons.
The average homeowner in Texas uses an average of 246 gallons of water per day, or an average of 7,380 gallons per month.
Thus, a homeowner in Richmond could be expected to pay roughly $22 per month for water if they use 7,380 gallons per month.
Customers are presently paying $2.62 per gallon if they use less than 2,000 gallons per month, $2.87 for up to 5,000 gallons and $3.12 for up to 10,000 gallons.
Water used for irrigation and for commercial businesses also would increase under the proposed rate hike.
Residents presently pay $20 minimum for the first 2,000 gallons for sewer service and $3 per 1,000 for more than 2,000 gallons.
The proposed rate increase calls for the minimum sewer rate to increase to $22 per month up to 2,000 gallons.
Customers in the extra-territorial jurisdiction would pay twice as much for water and sewer.
Garbage pick up would increase from $19 per month to $21 per month.
The rate changes would go into effect June 1.