Water, sewer rates to increase in Magnolia

Magnolia City Council members are working to adjust water and wastewater rates for the first time since 2005.

Magnolia City Council members are working to adjust water and wastewater rates for the first time since 2005.

What we reported


The city of Magnolia authorized engineering firm Jones & Carter to conduct a water and sewer rate analysis in 2017, which recommended higher water and wastewater rates for most of the city’s users. The study’s findings also recommended implementing an institutional rate for schools and tax-exempt entities. The city is considering adjusting its water and wastewater rates for the first time since 2005 to keep up with the rising cost of water production, treatment and distribution, City Administrator Paul Mendes said.

The latest


Magnolia Mayor Todd Kana said institutional and commercial rates could be adjusted in January while residents are not likely to see a change in their bill until mid 2018. Magnolia City Council members met Jan. 9 to further discuss water and sewer categories and the adjusted rate prices.

What’s next


The council will continue rolling out adjusted rates for all users, which must be voted upon before being implemented. City officials are also considering expanding the city’s wastewater treatment capacity to keep pace with anticipated development.

This story is one update from the Annual Community Guide. View the full list of Top 10 stories to follow in 2018 here.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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