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Let’s work together to show that water rates pay for #MoreThanWater

Posted By Karen E. Menard, Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Education Division – Consumer Outreach Committee Blog


All Things H2O                                   June 2017 Issue



Let’s work together to show that

water rates pay for #MoreThanWater


Texas is Growing

Texas is growing and most of our communities are feeling the pressure to keep up. According to the latest reports from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly half a million peoplehave moved to the Lone Star State since 2015. In fact, nearly 1200 new residents move to Texas each day. So how does it affect the water industry?

Thanks to a number of factors, corporate relocations are bringing more than just their headquarters to our state. Companies like Toyota are relocating to Texas to take advantage of the tax breaks and centralized location, bringing with them thousands of employees and their families. As our local populations grow, so must our water and wastewater systems. Communities in North Texas and across our great state are frequently touted as among the best cities to live in and fastest growing in the U.S.

The Price of Growth

But growth comes at a price. Behind every gallon of water delivered to homes and businesses is a massive system of pipelines, pumps and treatment facilities that must be operated, maintained and funded. Many water systems in the state, including the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), have pipelines and other facilities built in the 1950’s or earlier. Aging water infrastructure requires maintenance and rehabilitation. Nationwide, there is significant public support for spending on water infrastructure. A poll conducted by the Value of Water Campaign and released last month showed 82% of Americans view rebuilding water systems as extremely or very important. Combined with the increasing cost of regulatory compliance to keep water safe, it’s easy to see why water rates are going up across the country.