The City of Austin adopted Ordinance No. 20121011-005 which went into effect on Oct. 22, 2012. This ordinance (now Chapter 15-12 of the Austin City Code) includes registration requirements that apply in conjunction with the drilling of water wells, the installation of water well pumps and other closely related activities. As of early 2014, properties with one or more water wells are charged a monthly fee. This fee was approved by the Austin City Council to help defray the costs of administering the Water Wells Program. The charge is listed on the customers’ utility bills as “Water Well Fee."