West Travis County Public Utility Agency passes 20 percent drought surcharge

The West Travis County Public Utility Agency Board of Directors, meeting in Bee Cave on May 15, unanimously passed a 20 percent drought surcharge for both wholesale and retail customers across all rate classes effective July 2014.



The surcharge affects only the volumetric rate—the portion of a residential bill that is based on consumption—and not the minimum rate.



"Residents have control over the net impact to them [of the surcharge] because they have control over their consumption," WTCPUA rate consultant Nelisa Heddin said.



She said she believes that the WTCPUA is the first Central Texas agency to implement a drought surcharge.



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