Here is the link to TCEQ’s executive summary on HB1 to meet water funding demands for PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS. The “up-to” fee structure can provide for the multiple years following this approval of HB1.
“Using the PHS (Public Health Service) fee to supplement some of the costs will result in an additional 7,000 entities sharing the burden, and limits the potential fee burden of each.”
The email from TCEQ partially read….
“On May 11, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted a rule implementing House Bill (HB) 1, Article IX, Section 18.01, 84th Texas Legislature. The legislation directed the agency to raise fee rates by rule to ensure adequate revenue is available to support the agency’s water appropriation”.
Here is the old verses “UP TO” increase/limitations & TCEQ’s projected 2017 rates….
Tier OLD “UP TO increase” 2017 anticipated
I (<25 connections) $100 $200 $125
II (25–160 connections) $175 $300 $200
III (>160 connections) $2.15 per connection $4.00 $2.45
Pending we don’t have a FLINT via Fracking or whatever systemic water quality nightmare….in 2017 it is anticipated that the change/increase in rates are as follows:
Tier I goes up a whopping 25% (up to 100%)
Tier II goes up 14% (up to 71%)
Tier III goes up 14% (up to 86%)
What a water (fracking risk) bargain?
In a worst case scenario the drillers won’t be bearing this cost if fracking causes widespread contamination/clean water availability issues.