Water Rates Pay For #MoreThanWater

Do you ever wonder what’s behind your water bill?

Most people think they are just paying for the gallons of water used when in fact, only about 15% of what you pay covers the actual water consumed, and even that includes the chemicals and power to treat and deliver it. The other 85% of your bill pays for a vast infrastructure of pipes, pumps, treatment plants, and storage facilities. Behind all of that are the people who work hard every day, 24/7/365 to make sure your water is clean, safe, and reliably delivered to your taps.

Aging infrastructure, new regulatory requirements, and booming populations all contribute to rising water costs. To cover these costs, we currently charge Member Cities $2.92 per 1,000 gallons of treated water and customers $2.97 per 1,000 gallons. When combined with your city rate, that translates to about a penny per gallon. Compared to other household expenses – mobile phones, Internet, cable television –  the cost of water is an exceptional deal and has historically been one of the lowest-cost utility services. Learn more about the value of water and our water rates.

Our region continues to grow. Communities in North Texas are frequently ranked as among the best cities to live and fastest growing in the U.S. As a result, our population is expected to double in the next 40 years. That means that we have to plan ahead to acquire new sources of water, build the facilities to treat and store that water, and develop the capacity to connect that water source to our system and distribute it to our cities. Construction has begun on the Bois d’Arc Lake which will be a critical new source of water for residents and businesses in all the North Texas communities served by the District.

Learn more about our water system.

NTMWD is #MoreThanWater

In addition to providing safe, clean, reliable water every day to 1.7 million people across 10 counties in North Texas, we also provide wastewater and solid waste disposal services.

When you use the water we provide, it goes into the wastewater system where we clean and treat it before releasing it back to our waterways. The District is able to reuse some of this water through an innovative process at one of the nation’s largest manmade wetlands, known as the East Fork Water Reuse Project.  Flows from the Trinity River are directed into the 2,000-acre John Bunker Sands Wetland near Seagoville. Here aquatic plants and sunlight naturally filter the water before piping it 44 miles north to Lavon Lake, where it can start the journey again. Our Main Stem Pump Station and Pipeline will allow us to increase the capacity of the wetland and help us meet the growing demand for water. Learn more about our wastewater system.

NTMWD provides solid waste disposal services where solid waste is picked up from residents and businesses through their city or county and delivered to one of our three transfer stations. There the waste is loaded onto larger NTMWD trucks and transported to the 121 Regional Disposal Facility in Melissa, Texas. Through a public-private partnership between NTMWD and Morrow Renewables, a new High BTU Gas Plant began operation at the district’s landfill in Melissa. The state-of-the-art plant captures landfill gas (methane and carbon dioxide) and converts it to clean, renewable natural gas which generates revenue to offset the cost of landfill operations. Learn more about our solid waste system.

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