Austin Water is conducting a Cost of Service (COS) rate study of its water, wastewater, and reclaimed water rates in 2016. The process entails a comprehensive review of the methodology used to allocate costs amongst customer classes and to update and improve the methods for determining fair and defensible rates of utility services.
The COS rate study will take approximately one year to complete, primarily due to the various Public and Wholesale Involvement Committee meetings and extensive community outreach necessary to facilitate this important process. The decisions made during the 2016 COS rate study will align with current water policy and impact Austin Water’s rates through the next decade. Austin Water’s goal is to discuss the methodologies and seek recommendations from the public and City Council during the fiscal year 2018 budget planning process. The work products from this study will be the basis for any rate filing package presented to the City Council no later than May 1, 2017 for implementation no later than November 1, 2017.