City of Alvin Question and Answer Page
Water/Wastewater and Garbage Rates for 2017-2018
How will the new water & wastewater rates impact the average residential customer?
The average residential customer uses approximately 5,000 gallons of water per month. The charge for the water and wastewater services for the 5,000-gallon usage is $46.81 in Fiscal Year 2016-17. Rates are based on consumption; therefore, the cost will fluctuate depending on the amount of water the resident uses.
Effective October 1, 2017, the residential customer using 5,000 gallons of water and wastewater in a month will see a $6.08 increase in water and wastewater charges, taking the average monthly cost for the use of 5,000 gallons of water and wastewater from $46.81 to $52.89.
How much did the garbage rate decrease?
Effective October 1, 2017 residential customers will also experience a 16% decrease in garbage collection fees charged. Commercial rates will remain the same. This equates to an approximate $2.38 monthly savings to residential customers. Therefore, the decrease would then bring the water and wastewater increase down to $4.20 rather than the $6.08 per month on their utility bill for a typical water user of 5,000 gallons per month.
Why the rate increase?
The Utility Master Plan identified approximately $92M in utility projects to be completed over the next 20 years. These improvements are necessary to provide for future growth, replace aging infrastructure, improve efficiency, and keep the City in compliance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulations.
A multi-year rate increase plan was developed through a water & wastewater rate study to provide sufficient revenue to implement the first five years of improvements identified in the Utility Master Plan.
The total projected cost for the first 5 years of projects is approximately $42M. The projects identified for the first 5 years are needed to address the existing water/wastewater system problems and prepare for the anticipated growth within the City that the existing system does not have the capacity to currently serve.
The water and wastewater rates adopted for the next five fiscal years FY are as follows:
Base up to 2,000 Gallons
Per 1000 (2001 – 7000)
Per 1,000 (7,001- above)
Per 1,000 (2,001-above)
*These rates can be amended at any time by City Council through the adoption of an ordinance. (updated 11/13/17)
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What is the cost per acre to outsource the mowing of City Parks?
The following chart shows the parks within the City of Alvin that are mowed by outside contractors.
City of Alvin Parks Using Contracted Mowing Services
Ruben Adame Park
Prairie Dog Park
Hugh Adams Park
City of Alvin Contract Mowing Cost per Park Acre: $487.59/acre
The outside contractors also mow various properties of the City including, but not limited to; American Legion, Girl Scouts Building, Park and Ride, “Ugly Corner”, Lift Stations, Water Wells, Water Towers, Animal Shelter, Museum, Senior Center, Library, City Hall, Public Services Facility, etc.
To view the City of Alvin mowing contracts: DeLeon & Son Inc. LTS Lawn Care
Briscoe, National Oak Park, and Lions Park (totaling 57.5 acres) are maintained by the City of Alvin Parks Department. 9/8/16
Why is my water consumption usage high?
With the installation of the new water meters’, residents may see the impact of more accurate readings. After a meter has been in place for many years it tends to slow down and not properly record water flowing through the meter. Some of the meters within the City have been in place for many years and more than likely were not accurately measuring water consumption. Now that the new meters have been installed they are now recording every gallon flowing through the meter. Because of this, customers may see an increase in their monthly water consumption notated on their water bill.
Yes, sometimes an increase in water consumption gives indication that there may be a leak in one of the toilets within the home or business. City staff may give suggestions as to what to check for. Helpful information on what to look for can be found on the city’s website: http://www.alvin-tx.gov/page/ub.wleaks.
City staff has performed spot check re-reads to check the accuracy of the AMI water meters in place. All re-reads came back accurate.
If you have questions regarding your specific water bill, please contact the Utility Department at 281-388-4260. Updated 9/8/16
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