Water service rates are based on the real costs of treating and delivering water to customers. To determine rates, a study is completed to identify the costs the County has incurred for system improvements, maintenance, operations, administration and financing. Once the study is complete, a notice of a public hearing is published and a public hearing is held. After the hearing, the rates are adopted by resolution and put into effect.
Beginning October 1, 2017, Pasco County Utilities customers may see rate changes in their monthly water and wastewater bill, dependent on the volume of water and sewer needs specific to property size, house hold size, etc.
On December 16, 2016 work authorization was approved by the County Administrator to update the County’s Cost of Service Rate Study. Findings and recommendations outlined in the study include across-the-board adjustments, decreases and increases to all service rates, fees, and charges. Services to the typical County residential customer, who currently uses 6,000 gallons of water per month (GPM), would see a decrease in their monthly water and wastewater bill from $71.97 to $70.02 (a decrease of $1.95, or 2.7%) in fiscal year (FY) 2018.
Pasco County adopts a four-year rate schedule and into the following three years the same example of a residential customer’s monthly bills, using 6,000 GPM, is projected to increase through FY 2021. An annual rate sufficiency analysis will be performed after each FY to determine the need for any annual increases.
Proposed rate for FY 2018 comparative with Tampa Bay Water partners
Pinellas County $80.80 - Average Household use of 6,000 GPM
Hillsborough County $75.69 - Average Household use of 6,000 GPM
Pasco County $70.02 - Average Household use of 6,000 GPM