About 3 percent increase in water, sanitation fees coming to City of Athens

Press release

ATHENS – The City of Athens has updated its water, sewer, and sanitation fees for the 2019 fiscal year which officially began, October 1, 2018.

Water and sewer fees have increased by roughly 3 percent for all customers. This is part of a five year plan enacted in 2015 to ensure that rates were sufficient to continue to provide quality water and sewer services to customers. Customers can expect the cost per 1,000 gallons of water to rise from $3.15 to $3.24. Sewer rates, which is based on water consumption, will rise from $5.89 to $6.07 per 1,000 gallons of water use. Also, bulk water rates will rise from $9.04 to $9.30 per 1,000 gallons of water use.

Customers will also see an increase in sanitation fees. The City’s contract with Republic Services calls for annual rate increases that are tied to the Consumer Price Index. This rate increase primarily helps keep up with the annual increases in landfill and disposal costs. All sanitation fees have risen by 3.2 percent. Sanitation rates for residents will rise from $13.33 to $13.75 per month.

For questions about the updated water, sewer, and sanitation fees, please contact the Athens City Hall at 903-675-5131 or info@athenstx.gov.