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NEW CUSTOMER?

  1. SUBMIT APPLICATION FOR WW ACCOUNT TO THE DSWSC (visit www.drippingspringswater.com or visit their office) IF COMMERCIAL, COMPLETE THE PRE-TREATMENT SURVEY AND SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION

  2. DEPOSIT MAY BE PAID AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION OR WITH THE 1ST MONTH'S BILL

  3. TRANSFER FEE MAY BE PAID AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION OR WITH THE 1ST MONTH'S BILL

APPLICATIONS/FORMS*APPLICATION FOR WW ACCOUNT 

*NEW WASTEWATER CONNECTION APPLICATION

(COMMERCIAL) PRE-TREATMENT SURVEY

*Application for WW Account document may be sent to the DSWSC
*New Wastewater Connection Application must be sent to scole@cityofdrippingsprings.com or submitted with Building Permit Application. 

RATES AND BILLING EXPECTATIONS

DEPOSITS:

Deposits are one-time payments to initiate wastewater service accounts. This fee may be applied to the 1st month's sewer bill if the account holders chooses. The amount of the deposit coincides with the water meters size for the property - see below chart from our WW Ordinance, for meter sizes 2" and greater contact the City's Utility Coordinator, Sarah Cole: scole@cityofdrippingsprings.com
The City of Dripping Springs refunds deposits when a wastewater utility account customers requests to close. 

TRANSFER FEES:

Transfer fees are one-time NON-Refundable payments between transient accounts.

BASE & CONSUMPTION RATES

When a new wastewater customers establishes service, the customers is set to a default rate until the customer is able to obtain usage history throughout winter averaging. (Dec, Jan & Feb) The defaulted rate is base on consumption of 6,450 gallons.

BASE FEE: $26.25/LUE

USAGE FEE: $3.68/1,000 gallons

OVERUSE FEE: $50/LUE or fraction thereof
*For accounts with consumption history that exceed their allowable gallons per month*

Default Customer Monthly Bill Calculations Example:

BASE FEE -            $26.25

USAGE FEE -         $23.74 (6,450/1,000 = 6.45 x 3.68 = $23.74)

TOTAL -                 $49.99

LUE MEASUREMENTS

LUE Measurements - reference Chapter 20 Utilities. Section 20.02.006 Application for services; rates
Living unit equivalent or LUE. A single unit of service consists of the typical flow that would be produced by a single-family residence located in a typical subdivision served by the city, but is not more than 215 gallons per day per LUE. The number of LUEs per connection shall be determined by the city based on the size and type of the water meter purchased for the property, so long as the water use does not exceed 215 gallons per day and the meter is appropriately sized for the type of connection, as follows:

IMPACT FEES:

Collection of impact fee. If the city and the property owner have entered into an agreement providing for the time and method of payment of the impact fees, then collection of the impact fee occurs as provided in the agreement. Otherwise, collection shall occur as set forth in subsections (ii) through (iv) below. (Ordinance 1720.8, sec. II, adopted 9/8/09)

The property owner shall pay the assessed impact fees to the city on:
a. The date that the city issues the first building permit for the new development, if the land is subject to the requirement to obtain a building permit.
b. The date of the completed application for the wastewater service, if the land is not subject to the requirement to obtain a building permit. (Ordinance 1720.8, sec. II, adopted 9/8/09; Ordinance 1720.11, sec. 2.2, adopted 3/5/13)

The city may reduce or waive an impact fee for any service unit that would qualify as affordable housing under 42 U.S.C. section 12745, after the service unit is constructed.
If any impact fee is assessed, but may not be collected under section 395.016(c) of the Texas Local Government Code because a building permit is issued within one year of the adoption of the city's impact fees and property is not subject to an agreement establishing the timing and method of collection of impact fees, then the city is authorized to collect the assessed impact fee if the building permit expires and a new one is issued outside the one-year period provided for in section 395.016(c). (Ordinance 1720.8, sec. II, adopted 9/8/09)

What are impact fees?

An impact fee is a one-time payment made to the political subdivision (city, water or utility district) by a developer of a new development to pay for the cost of construction or expansion of water and sewer facilities located outside the boundaries of the new development and that are needed by new development and its impact on the surrounding community.

How are impact fees determined?


0.5 * Total Cost of capital improvements required to serve new development in the service area
Impact Fee =   ___________________________________________________________________________________________
                             Total number of new service units expected in the service area over the next 10 year period

Determining The Total Cost of Capital Improvements:
Land use assumptions must be prepared in order to determine the number of new service units as well as capital improvements needed to serve those units in the service area.
- Land use assumptions forecast what the population and land uses (residential, office, retail) will be throughout the service area.
- The capital improvements identifies the facilities needed to meet the project demand from new development and an estimate of the cost of construction of those needed facilities.
- Service units are a standardize measure of consumption of water or discharge of wastewater.  For example, one single family residence may be considered one service unit, where commercial properties or an apartment complex may be considered two or more service units.

How is the impact fee updated?

The city must update the land use assumptions and capital improvements plan at least every five years.

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