Vol. 4, Special Issue – 03.31.23
Houston water and wastewater rates are set to increase on April 1. This will bring about a $4 increase per month during the first year for an average single-family home, which uses about 3,000 gallons of water per month, according to Houston Public Works. The increase will appear on May water bills, which reflect April water usage. 

Last year, the Houston City Council passed a measure to modernize the city’s aging water and sewer systems. Water rates will move upward every April for the next five years, ending in 2026. 

The additional funds will help the city comply with a $2 billion consent decree agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agreement was finalized in 2019, and requires the city to enact infrastructure updates over a 15 year period in order to fix the aging and leaking sewer system.

The overarching goal is to protect the environment and human health, improve the wastewater system for generations to come, and ensure that Houstonians continue have access to clean water. Click here to review alert from Houston Public Works about the increase.