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PSB approves 2020-21 Proposed Budget, Rates and Fees; Average increase of $2.81 per homeowner

On Tuesday, the Public Service Board (PSB) approved the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Stormwater and Water/Wastewater budgets at their monthly meeting.

The budget includes no increase in stormwater fees, a 5% increase in water fees, and a 5% increase in wastewater fees.

The combined $493 million budget will result in an average increase of $2.81 per month for the typical homeowner.

“The Public Service Board is constantly searching for a balance between our responsibility to provide our customers with a quality product at a reasonable price on the one hand, and necessary maintenance and improvements to water infrastructure as well as the development of future water supplies on the other hand, particularly given the fact that we live in such an arid region,” said PSB Chairman Chris Antcliff.

“Today, the PSB adopted a budget that minimizes the impact on our customers as much as possible while keeping our community on a path of long-term water resiliency.”

Via a news release, PSB officials said that four priorities are driving the increase to budget and rates.

“Securing our future water supply, system expansion for city growth, improvements in customer services and rehabilitation of aging infrastructure. Investments in these areas will support long-term sustainability and reliability for EPWater customers.”

Officials added that major capital projects for the new fiscal year include launching an expansion of the Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant, upgrading our treatment system at the Canal plant in Chihuahuita, and beginning expansion of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant.

Work will continue to complete stormwater flood control projects already underway.

“El Paso, like other cities, sets their rates on how much it costs to provide the service,” said EPWater President and CEO John Balliew. “As we’ve needed to diversify our water supply to keep up with growth demands, that cost to provide the service has increased. But we have to seek alternative water supplies to continue as a viable community. Additionally, our budget makes sure that the infrastructure we have in place doesn’t continue to get older and older.”

Via a news release, officials said that, when compared to Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio, “EPWater’s monthly charges are the second-lowest of large Texas cities; only Laredo’s water rates are lower.”

EPWater’s rate structure will continue to provide relief for low-water users while charging more for high-water users. Customers using less than 4 ccfs* (2,992 gallons) of water in any given month will receive a waiver of the $11.04 Water Supply Replacement Charge.

Last year, the charge was waived on about 33,000 monthly customer bills.

EPWater will also continue its partnership with Amistad to help low-income senior customers with bill payment assistance, conservation, and money management counseling. Customers interested in these services through Amistad can call at 915-532-3790.

The budgets, rates and fees will go into effect at the start of the fiscal year, which begins March 1, 2020.

PSB to hear proposed 2020 budgets, rates on December 2nd; Public invited

Officials with the Public Service Board recently announced that the El Paso Water Fiscal Year 2019-20 Stormwater and Water/Wastewater budget hearing will be held on Monday, December 2.

The meeting is open to the public, and public comment will be available at each meeting where staff will present budget priorities and drivers.

The community will hear about EPWater budget priorities, which include securing the water supply, rehabilitating facilities, expanding  systems due to city growth and continuing infrastructure improvements for flood control.

For those who can’t make the meetings in person, they will be streamed live, while recordings of the budget meetings will also air on City TV.

The next PSB meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11 at 8 a.m., which provides an opportunity for public comment on the budget and other items.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at 8 a.m. – EPWater budgets considered for approval by PSB at the regular monthly Public Service Board meeting.

WHAT: El Paso Water’s governing body, the Public Service Board (PSB), will hold a public meeting, where staff will present EPWater’s Operating and Capital Budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, which begins March 1, 2020.

WHERE: El Paso Water Main Office, Board Room – 4 th floor 1154 Hawkins Boulevard

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. – Budget Hearing (Water/Wastewater/Stormwater)

PSB Approves FY 2019-’20 Budget; Will Average $3 Increase for Homeowner

On Wednesday, the Public Service Board (PSB) approved a $436.1 million El Paso Water budget for water, wastewater and stormwater systems for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

“Along with many other utilities across the country, rehabilitating our older facilities is a priority,” said EPWater President and CEO John Balliew. “Major upgrades at three of our wastewater facilities will improve performance, reliability, efficiency and odor control.”

According to a release by the PSB, they “kept stormwater rates flat while approving an increase of 4 percent for water service and 8 percent for wastewater service. Together, the rate changes translate into a $3 per month increase for a typical homeowner.”

Officials added, “Even with this year’s rate increases, El Paso’s monthly water charges are the second lowest of other large Texas cities. Only Laredo’s water rates are lower, while water rates are higher in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.”

Nearly half of this year’s capital improvement budget for water and wastewater will be dedicated to addressing aging infrastructure. The utility will also prioritize new water and wastewater infrastructure to support city growth and water supply projects to meet future demand.

The $48.4 million stormwater budget allows for ongoing maintenance of the existing system and continued progress on major flood control projects already underway. Several projects currently in design or construction were funded in the 2018-’19 fiscal year with work continuing into the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Conservation remains a tool for reducing water bills for residential and business customers. The rate structure is designed to provide relief for low water users while charging a premium for high water users.

Customers using less than 4 ccfs* (2,992 gallons) of water in any given month will receive a waiver of the Water Supply Replacement Charge. Last year, this charge of about $10 was waived on an average of 33,000 monthly customer bills, saving customers approximately $3.9 million.

Earlier this year, EPWater also launched an affordability program – in partnership with non-profit Project Amistad – to help elderly, low-income customers who are at risk of disconnection.

The approved budgets, rates and fees will go into effect at the start of the fiscal year, which begins March 1, 2019.

El Paso Preservation and Conservation Committee Seeking Comments on Planning Document

The Preservation and Conservation Plan Committee is asking residents to chime in on a report dealing with the plan for preservation of parts of the Franklin Mountains in and around the city.

In response to a “We the People” petition that gathered 6,252 signatures supporting the preservation of public lands in northwestern and northeastern portions of the Franklin Mountains, a Preservation and Conservation Plan Committee was established by the Public Service Board (PSB) in late 2015.

Via a news release officials shared that the purpose of the committee was to “establish conservation standards for development and for preservation of PSB managed lands adjacent the mountains and Franklin Mountains State Park.”

The committee was made up of a “diverse mix of community members and backgrounds, all with the goal of ensuring a high quality of life for present and future generations.”  A report was completed and presented to the PSB earlier this year and is now ready for public review.

Officials with the committee say it contains scientific data to assist in decision making about the existing resources managed by El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) and in our region by the City of El Paso as well as organizations, government agencies, individuals, developers and business owners.

The proposed map included in the report (page 3 and included below) identifies lands to be preserved with no disturbances, specific areas to have very limited disturbance, master planned land in the past, and where conservation development may take place.

Conservation development is working with the land keeping the terrain, trails water flow, and wildlife corridors in mind.

To read the report in full and provide comments via a survey, residents can visit the website.  The committee will receive public comments via a survey link until November 30, 2018. Replies may also be mailed to:

The Frontera Land Alliance

3800 N. Mesa St., A2-258,

El Paso, Texas 79902.

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Public Service Board approves EPWU budget; Rates set to rise 11%

During Wednesday morning’s regularly scheduled Public Service Board (PSB) meeting, members approved the 2016-17 budget for the El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU.)

The budget, first proposed last November, includes expenses for the EPWU’s water, stormwater, wastewater ad reclaimed water project.

EPWU released the following statement: “At today’s January meeting, the Public Service Board approved El Paso Water Utilities budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 as proposed at the November budget workshops. EPWU’s budget will include $463.2 million for water and wastewater utilities and $57.8 million for stormwater, as well as an 11 percent increase to water/wastewater rates and monthly stormwater fees.”

According to information released during the budget proposal meetings in November, the 11% increase means the average residential bills will increase by about $4.52 monthly from $41.56 to $46.08.  Officials at the time said that the rate structure will remain the same to reward conservation; customers save money when saving water.

Regarding the increase to the water/wastewater and monthly stormwater fees, officials say the stormwater fee increase will allow EPWU to complete more capital projects, increase flood protection, pay off debt accrued from previous projects and increase cash reserves — which are important for the utility to maintain its AA+ bond rating and qualify for lower interest loans.

Officials with the EPWU went on to say that the rate increase would help fund future water supply projects, address aging infrastructure needs and support system expansion to keep pace with city growth.

To review EPWU’s budget proposal, click stormwater or water/wastewater.

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